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Microsoft Reportedly Moving Office to the iPad

Maybe it could be part of an Office 360 subscription

The Daily, a made-for-the-iPad start-up national news service that kicked off in February, claims it's heard from anonymous sources that Microsoft is adapting Office to the iPad.

The blog puts the price at around $10, because that's what Apple charges for its own iWork Pages, Numbers and Keynote programs.

ZDnet's Mary Jo Foley, who usually has the inside track on things going on at Microsoft, says she wouldn't be surprised but wonders exactly how much functionality such a thing would have since Microsoft has to be wary of cannibalizing its second-biggest cash cow.

She offers perhaps Office Web Apps, the free webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that only allow document viewing, not document editing or creating or something concocted out of the ad-supported Starter version of Office 2010 and its dumbed-down versions of Word and Excel meant to entice people to buy the full kit.

Maybe it could be part of an Office 360 subscription.

She wonders what Microsoft's going to do about Office once it gets Windows running on ARM. Keep it for Windows 8 notebooks? Tablets?

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