Microsoft’s (MSFT) Office Apps for iPad Makes Strong Debut

Microsoft (MSFT)’s Office for the iPad, which became available to iPad users from Apple (AAPL)’s App Store last week and was released nearly four years after Cupertino launched the groundbreaking tablet, seem to be having a fine debut.

According to Re/, Microsoft’s Office suite of apps that include Word for iPad, Excel for iPad, and PowerPoint for iPad, currently occupy the top four spots in the most downloaded free apps real time list as of Saturday afternoon.

Microsoft Word is nr. 1, while Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote round out top four.

Another good sign for Microsoft, notes the publication, is that Word and Excel iPad apps are also holding high positions in the “top grossing apps” category, which means that a significant number of users are already converting to Microsoft’s Office 365 after downloading the freemium version.

The in-app subscription upgrade costs up to $99 per year depending on the version, and allows people to create or edit files on the iPad.

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