I am sure there are a whole bunch of people that hold this view too. Microsoft launched Office for iPad last month at a special little event, and since then the app has been a chart-topping success.

Thousands upon thousands have downloaded the suite with productivity tools like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. And even though Redmond might opine that they are not necessarily late to the party, Apple CEO, on the other hand believes a move like this could have been made much sooner.

Tim Cook, speaking during the company’s second fiscal quarter earnings call on Wednesday made a special mention of Office for iPad, saying that it is indeed a helpful addition to the ecosystem.

But since several competing companies have already released similar products, Microsoft could have launched Office on iPad earlier:

“Office is a key franchise for enterprise customers and having it on iPad is good. We wholeheartedly welcome Microsoft to the App Store, and customers are responding very positively.

If it had been done earlier, it would’ve been better for Microsoft.”

You got that one right, Tim.

But it must be said that there is every chance that Microsoft is aware of just how important releasing Office on iPad is — the Android tablet version of the suite is still nowhere to be seen, although it is said to be in development right now.

Microsoft is also working on a completely touch based version of Office for Windows 8 devices, which many believe is heading for release sometime later this year.

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  1. Is it just me or does Cook seem to be doing too much talking lately? It’s on iPad now, and it’s a runaway success, so in my eyes the question of should it have been released sooner is a moot point now

    • Bill Franklin / April 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm /Reply

      Valid point. Hindsight’s 20/20. The good news is it’s available now and clearly doing well. No need to 2nd guess.

  2. Seems to me like Cookie Boy is a mute point.

  3. Hard to blame Microsoft here. I had no idea that tablets would be this popular. I thought they were so dumb when they first were introduced. Boy was I wrong.

    • Agreed. I never thought tablets would change the technology world the way they did. I don’t blame Microsoft for being late to the party on this one.

  4. I downloaded the office apps but didn’t use them yet. Download just in case I need only.

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