Microsoft needs to get on the ball and make Office for iPad

I said quite awhile ago that Microsoft really needs to make OneNote for iPad and that seems even more relevant these days. Since the iPad is now 3 million+ users, Microsoft needs to stop sulking and put Office on this new platform. iPad already has the pages application, but it seems to me users would welcome the familiar look of Word on the iPad. Clearly there is an Office for the Mac so a "port" doesn’t really seem out of the realm of possibility. Considering a third party has put together Mobilenoter, imagine what the company who actually wrote OneNote could do.

But Microsoft would have to swallow some pride and the bitter pill of making mobile software for something other than their precious Windows 7 Series (which isn’t even out yet). This is a prime example of a market that is available, but Microsoft isn’t stepping in to take advantage. I personally feel there are enough users (myself included) who would pay for a version of OneNote and Word for the iPad. In fact, OneNote for the PC has a slew of features ready for the iPad. Wasn’t OneNote developed specifically for tablet computing?

Of course, MS would have to be smart and offer their apps for a reasonable price. $4.99 for OneNote would sell like crazy. Even at $9.99 I would download a copy no problem. Pages is $9.99 so MS has to come in lower than that.

It would be great for Microsoft to embrace the iPad and write as much software for it as they possibly can. I’m sure they’ll see this as defeat, but as I said, there is an Office for Mac so how is this any different? It’s a Mac platform, they need to jump on board.

And just as I was writing this post I came across this article which shares my same feelings.

Office for the iPad? Or are Office Web Apps good enough?

The web apps would actually be a great idea, if they actually worked for the iPad. Seems like Microsoft is going back to the days of deliberately making their software malfunction with competitor products.

Come on Steve, you have a huge market waiting. All you have to do is open your eyes.

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2 Responses to Microsoft needs to get on the ball and make Office for iPad

  • Hi,

    OneNote solution for iPad already exists and is called MobileNoter. You may download and try it at http://www.mobilenoter.com
    If you have any questions about MobileNoter, feel free to contact me.

    • sanspantalones says:

      Hey Anton, thanks for the comment! Actually I’m very interested in MobileNoter but there’s a few things that give me pause. First is the price. $15 for the local app seems a bit steep, especially since everything is being stored locally to my machine. I could see that for the cloud computing solution, but it seems $4.99 would be a little more reasonable.

      Second, the app is still clearly in early development. It doesn’t have all the editing features in place so being able to modify the actual OneNote file doesn’t seem to be completely stable yet. It seems to be missing features so again, the price seems a bit high for what you’re getting right now.

      And finally, how long long does that $15 last? Does that cover future versions or just the current 2.x version? Are we looking at a lifetime subscription?

      I really think OneNote and iPad were made for each other. I’m really interested in the prospects that you and other developers are coming up with.

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