Microsoft Office for iPad hits 12M downloads one week after debut

Microsoft on Thursday announced Office for iPad downloads hit the 12 million mark after just one week of availability, illustrating pent-up demand for an iPad port of the software giant’s productivity suite. After a highly-anticipated debut last week, the Microsoft Office for iPad apps have collectively notched 12 million downloads, according to a tweet from…

Microsoft’s Office apps for iPad ushers in new era

SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company’s lucrative Windows franchise. Last week’s unveiling of the much- anticipated iPad apps…

Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8.1 with Siri-like ‘Cortana’ personal assistant

Software behemoth Microsoft on Wednesday showed off the latest update to its Windows Phone mobile operating system, refining several areas and officially unveiling Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri. Cortana is the update’s tentpole feature, bringing Windows Phone users the ability to schedule meetings, send text messages, and search the web using their voice. The…

Why did Microsoft port Office to Apple’s iOS iPad before Android?

Earlier this month, Gartner reported worldwide tablet sales for 2013 that depicted Apple’s iPad as slipping into obscurity with just 36 percent market share left. Why would Microsoft target Apple’s minority tablet platform with its new mobile Office apps over Google’s Android, which supposedly owns a 61.9 percent marketshare? Gartner takes its data very seriously,…