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Microsoft chief crows on Twitter as iPad Office soars

Published on Mar 29, 2014 6:17 AM
 
Microsoft chief Satya Nadella took to Twitter to crow on Friday as Office software tailored for iPads soared to the top of the charts at Apple's online App Store. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft chief Satya Nadella took to Twitter to crow on Friday as Office software tailored for iPads soared to the top of the charts at Apple's online App Store.

"Looks like it's a pretty productive Friday for #iPad owners!" Nadella said in a Twitter message that included a picture showing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were the three most popular free applications at the App Store.

Microsoft unveiled a version of its popular Office software suite for iPad tablets a day earlier as the company's new chief moved to expand its "Internet cloud" footprint.

Apple chief Tim Cook welcomed the offerings from the company's longtime rival with a tweet of his own, to which Nadella responded at Twitter with thanks and word that he is "excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers." While Office applications for iPad are free, subscriptions to Microsoft's online Office 365 service are needed to be able to create or edit documents, spreadsheets or presentations.

 
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