Rumors (and credible leaks) about Microsoft Office for iPad have been swirling for at least a year, but so far, the best you can do is load up Office 365 in your iPad’s web browser. If you want a tablet that natively runs office, you have to buy a Surface.
There’s a reason for that. Microsoft knows that Office is the biggest reason why someone might buy a Surface over an iPad. But by refusing to release Office for iPad, Microsoft is leaving a lot more money on their table than they are taking from it in Surface orders, at least according to one analyst.
Accoording to a report from Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt, if Microsoft priced Office for iOS at $60, they would sell it to 30% of iPad users. That means that by 2014, Microsoft could be generating about $2.5 billion per year on Office for iPad.
That’s a lot of money. Right now, it’s certainly a lot more money than Microsof’s making off the Surface.
The question is, is Adam Holt right? Would you buy Microsoft Office for iPad for $60? Let us know in the comments.