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Microsoft's CEO may unveil Office for iPad on March 27: Source

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:21 AM
 
Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella addresses employees during the One Microsoft Town Hall event in Seattle, Washington on July 11, 2013. Mr Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27, a source told Reuters, potentially using his first major press outing to launch the company's most profitable product for Apple Inc's popular tablet. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company's Office software suite on March 27, a source told Reuters, potentially using his first major press outing to launch the company's most profitable product for Apple Inc's popular tablet.

Mr Nadella, who replaced longtime chief executive Steve Ballmer earlier this year, will address the media and industry executives in San Francisco on March 27.

Investors for years have urged Microsoft to adapt Office for mobile devices from Apple and Google Inc, rather than shackling it to Windows as PC sales decline. But the Redmond software giant has been reluctant to undermine its other lucrative franchise, its PC operating software.

Microsoft gives up some US$2.5 billion (S$3.16 billion) a year in revenue by keeping Office off the iPad, which has now sold almost 200 million units, analysts estimate.

 
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