News Microsoft Office for iPad Dominates Top of App Store

The suite of Microsoft Office apps for iPad have only been in the Apple App Store for 24 hours and are already dominating the download charts.

The three freemium apps — which are free to download but require a subscription ($99) to edit documents and perform other functions — are occupying the top consecutive spots of the App Store’s free downloads. Microsoft OneNote, which doesn’t require a subscription but has ties to Office, is in the No. 4 spot.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella drew attention to the achievement with a tweet sent on Friday, noting it “looks like it’s a productive Friday for #iPad owners!” He also included a screen shot of the apps at the top of the App Store.

The apps include Word for iPad (No. 1), Excel for iPad (No. 2), PowerPoint for iPad (No. 3) and OneNote for iPad (No. 4).

The apps offer a lot more than the versions already available on the iPhone, but you’ll need to be an Office 365 subscriber to edit and create content. It’s free to view documents via the apps.

By Samantha Murphy Kelly

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