Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has officially quashed all speculation about an iOS version of Microsoft Office. Some believed that Microsoft had been working on iOS app versions of their popular Office programs, and that they would even be released in the first quarter of 2013.
Ballmer says that app versions of Office programs are “unnecessary” since web app versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint can be accessed on their browsers via Office On Demand. While this may be the case, many complain of the stripped-down nature of these web apps. Furthermore, Office On Demand is only available to those with Microsoft’s new Office 365, a subscription-based version of Microsoft Office with a price tag of $100/year. While Office 365 has many features aside from Office On Demand, for someone just looking to get Word on their iPad, that’s a steep price.