This will be an interesting move by Microsoft because it may accelerate the demise of the x86-based PC which made Microsoft’s fortune.
It has been estimated that Microsoft will initially make about $2.5 billion a year from the product.
It is thought that basic versions of Office for iPad will be free, but updating to premium versions will cost.
Now that Microsoft is looking to be a mobile devices company it would be clearly very odd if it kept its best product off mobile devices.
Microsoft has been flirting with the idea for years, investors have been urging Microsoft to do it for years and the product is said to have been ready for months but internal wranglings have stopped it from happening.
It seems that the new boss is imposing himself on events.