Itâ€™s a known thing that Apple and Microsoft are archivals, and this is perhaps the main reason why millions of iPad users around the world are still waiting for a stand-alone touch-friendly Office application. Now, according to new reports from the industry, it seems that the team developing the Office iPad app, codenamed â€œMiramarâ€, is nearing the final point of the development.
Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller has recently said that Microsoft is looking to balance its Windows and cross-platform plans, so this is a hint that Redmond will change its business strategy toward other platforms, which are obviously owned by rivals. Satya Nadella, the newly named CEO will have an important role in this shift. According to inside sources, Microsoft's touch-first version of Office, codenamed "Gemini", is going to be released for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users in the Windows Store, but only after the iPad version gets launched.
However, there are big chances that Microsoft wonâ€™t release a stand-alone version of Office for iPad, but it will rather tie it to the Office 365 subscription package, just like it has done with Office Mobile apps for iPhones and Android phones. Rumor has it that the touch version of Office for iPad will get launched in the first half of this year, but there's no word yet on its pricing.