Office for iPad has received more than 27 million downloads

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Microsoft Office for iPad only landed six weeks ago, but Microsoft claims it’s already been downloaded a whopping 27 million times.

The figure was thrown out by Julia White, the general manager of Microsoft’s Office division, who mentioned it during a keynote speech on Monday at Microsoft’s TechEd customer conference in Houston.

Office for iPad is a free app, but if you want to edit documents you have to have a paid Office 365 subscription. Since Microsoft claimed in April that it has 4.4 million paid users of the personal for the app, this means that roughly 23 million downloads aren’t accounted for.

The best thing that can be said is that it shows how Microsoft’s Office cash cow remains popular, even as users move from desktops and laptops to tablets, and buy iPads over Windows tablets.

Unless, of course, you believe our resident elder Charlie Sorrel — a man still stuck in an Apple vs. Microsoft battle, circa 1995 — who reckons that 99.9% of Office for iPad downloads are ironic, and people delete them straight after.

Either way, it would be interesting to see the conversion rate from free-to-paid users.

  • http://purpletiger.com Dave Probert

    Finally I can agree with Charlie. Most people would have expected Word to be able to at least edit a file after the huge download, but nope – you can look but not actually do anything. Utter crap software. Deleted already. Expecting Microslop to go bankrupt any month now…

  • http://andrewdaley.ca Andrew Daley

    What I want to read are the retention numbers. I was one of the 27 Million, but only for about 20 minutes. 10 bucks a month?? I can use Google Doc’s for free. What option is the student going to go with? Corporations, maybe …

    • sracer

      $10/month to pay by the month. $8.33/month when done by a yearly subscription. ($67/yr = $5.58/month if you shop around) Students can get the Student deal of $80 for a 4 year subscription (works out to $1.66/month)

      For those of us who have multiple computers/tablets in the home, the $67/yr subscription works out well. 5 PCs/Macs + 5 tablets are included.

      • http://andrewdaley.ca Andrew Daley

        I get what you are saying, but there are a lot of free options out there that rival MS Office.

  • Da St

    I too downloaded the apps. Then I deleted them. They can open files, but can’t edit. I’m not paying Microsoft (or anyone, actually) $8 or $10 a month to rarely edit a file.

  • http://www.robgadv.com/ RobG

    I say don’t download it at all; if you do, don’t go paid. It’s time to finally bankrupt Microsoft. Office is the ONLY thing keeping them afloat. This subscription nonsense is also a huge joke. I hope it bites Adobe in the ass too.

    Pages, Numbers and the other Apple-made apps are quite good; Office is banking on its name recognition.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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