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Inside Scoop: Inside Scoop: Why Office is staying off the iPad

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Inside Scoop: Inside Scoop: Why Office is staying off the iPad

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Microsoft's new version of Office is primed and ready for tablets, but it won't be coming to an iPad near you anytime soon. Charles Cooper talks to Josh Lowensohn about whether Office will ever make it to the iPad.

Welcome to CNET inside scoop on Charlie -- I'm here today with my colleague Josh -- in. And -- today that topic is Microsoft. Parenthetically Microsoft made some news for us today announcing that windows eight will become available on October 26. Now earlier in the week you were at a press conference downtown San Francisco Microsoft also announced that. Office which is one of its cash cows will become available on what there was a bit of non news news. Want to tell us about it. Sure -- human being missing details what happens other platforms. Office as we know it's always been something for how windows. But there's no denying that. Companies like Apple and -- -- Google of kind of coming from the sides. And really taken up so Microsoft's business. So office the new office as we know it. As an answer to that partially out there so -- unanswered question of what happens to these people are using tablets. And non windows devices. To get the work done so if you're an iPad user -- -- a look for the time being. That's pretty much the. Now is this more a question of the technology was just too difficult to manage. Or -- we -- more of a business. Marketing. Angle in that. Microsoft has the -- -- tablet which is it's relatively new entry into this this market a market dominated by the iPad. I think it's -- -- only Microsoft knows its strategy for what it's doing. But you can also look at upcoming crop of well windows tablets that are coming up. And it seemed that. Mean really wanna make a case that if you want office need to buy when does it tablet or a good reason applies to -- -- special software that you can't get them and you know platform. Now if you are an iPad user and users dying to get your hands on something that would have office like functionalities. If you can't wait. What do you do administrative there have been alternatives. You have companies including Apple which have come out way. -- single productivity suites and apps that what you do a lot of things that you -- use office work. But also alternatives it stream. Microsoft Office to your iPad or Android tablet for instance and -- -- -- that same experience. Through a touch screen so it's not that people can't get it they just can't get Microsoft. And this as far as -- understandings. A question of weighing less -- fighting so I think. At some point Microsoft does need to acknowledge the fact that -- more tablets that are out there at least for now more touch screen devices. -- on other platforms you have Android you know IOS that's how people are doing work now. And there's no ignoring that segment and from Microsoft is also you know huge stuff for company that's how they started that's how they're gonna continue. They can ignore it so this iPad thing safe to say it's gonna stick around for awhile yet to say bad things catch. For cnet's inside scoop on Charlie Cooper. --

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