In comments made at an event in Florida today, Microsoft CEO (for now, anyway) Steve Ballmer stated that the iPad version of Microsoft’s Office suite would be released after a touchscreen-optimized version makes its way to Windows:
Speaking at a Gartner event in Florida today, Ballmer said “iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch first user interface.” That touch first interface appears to be making its way to the Windows version of Office first, with the iPad edition to follow afterwards. Ballmer noted the touch first interface is “in progress.” [...]
Microsoft’s head of applications and services, Qi Lu, also commented on touch versions of Office at an analyst meeting recently. Lu said the company is “working on touch-first versions for our core apps in the Office suite,” and that Microsoft will “bring these apps to Windows devices, and also to other devices in ways that meet out customers’ needs.”
Unsurprising news, though rumors of Office on the iPad date back to the release of the first model. It’s a shame that we will have to wait so long.