Apple unveiled the iPad way back in January 2010. That was more than four years ago. It didn't take long for the rest of their competitors including Microsoft to see that Apple had yet another hit on its hands. They had created a tablet category that every other hardware manufacturer was soon racing to enter.
Nearly every Office competitor, including Google, launched native apps for creating and editing documents on the iPad over the last four years. Microsoft appeared to be on the verge of launching Office for iPad back in 2012, but the rumored launch failed to happen. Former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer later confirmed Microsoft was working on an iPad version, but that it was waiting for the touch-friendly version for Windows. As it turned out, the iPad version came first, which, in light of Ballmer's comments, it could have debuted even earlier. So they pushed the iPad release back to buy time for the Microsoft Surface in the tablet war.Read More