Steve Ballmer on Office for iPad: “I Have Nothing to Say”

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While Apple may be aiming the iPad at a higher-end segment of the market with a 128 GB model, Microsoft still doesn’t seem to want to launch its flagship document creation product on the platform.

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer was asked about the iPad version of Office that we all know exists. His reply was a classic non-committal sidestep:

Q. How’s that Office for the iPad coming along? 
A. I have nothing to say on that topic. We’re very glad with the product, very happy with the product that we’re putting in market. It makes sense on the devices like the Mac and the PC. We have a product that we think makes a lot of sense. We do have a way for people always to get to Office through the browser, which is very important. And we’ll see what we see in the future.

The interview comes during after Microsoft publicly unveiled its Office 2013 suite and pricing plan. With an emphasis on subscription prices, it’s unclear how exactly a version of the suite for the iPad would work within Apple’s existing ecosystem. It’s already been rumored that Microsoft was pushing Apple to change its 70/30 revenue model for iOS under the claims that the rate is simply too steep. What isn’t clear is how those talks went, or if they’ve even finished. With that in mind, this answer could be a calculated move to suggest that Office on the iPad is more of a boon to Apple than Microsoft.

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Whether that is the truth remains to be seen, but currently Microsoft’s Office is available on only one of three major tablet platforms – if Microsoft hopes to keep the Office product relevant, it seems that versions for both iOS and Android should be in the works.

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