Ballmer Dishes on Office Coming to iOS for iPad Users

Ballmer Dishes on Office Coming to iOS for iPad UsersThe moment that millions of iPad loyalists have been waiting for is finally upon us.

According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Apple’s iPad is getting a touch-optimized Microsoft Office suite.

The outgoing Microsoft boss confirms that Office will, as long rumored, eventually land on iOS for iPad users.

“iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch first user interface,” Ballmer says.

According to The Verge, this touch first interface will land on the Windows version of Office first.

Microsoft teased touch-based versions of Office for Windows 8.1 earlier this year at the company’s Build developer conference. A special “Metro-style” version of PowerPoint was shown, but Microsoft refused to commit to a release date.

Ballmer says the touch first interface is now “in progress” but no time-frame for launch or pricing was confirmed.