Satya Nadella spent his first official media presentation as Microsoft's new CEO Thursday introducing Office 365 for iPad, long one of the most requested apps for Apple's computer tablet.
Microsoft's popular office suite, which includes the Microsoft Word word processor, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation software, went on sale at noon today on Apple's iTunes App Store. The application is free to download and view documents and presentations, but it requires a Microsoft Office 365 monthly subscription ($9.99 per month or $99.99 per year) in order to edit or create documents. There was mention of being able to buy a copy outright.
The goal of the new application, Nadella said, is to "make sure the 1 billion Office users and growing can have access to the high fidelity of Office on every device they use." Microsoft Office is currently the most popular office suite available for desktop computers. It also is available for Microsoft's own computer tablet, the Surface, which has had underwhelming sales.