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Microsoft Office's application for iPad may usher in new era

Microsoft has released an iPad version of its Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using — instead of trying to protect the company’s lucrative Windows franchise.
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press Modified: March 27, 2014 at 8:11 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014
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— Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company’s lucrative Windows franchise.

Thursday’s unveiling of the much-anticipated iPad apps for Microsoft’s bundle of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software comes nearly four years after Apple Inc. released the tablet computer that has contributed to a steady decline in sales of desktop and laptop machines running on the Windows operating system.

Microsoft’s decision to relent to persistent demands to make its top-selling software application available on the world’s most popular tablet comes seven weeks after the Redmond, Wash., company anointed Sayta Nadella as its CEO after being led for 14 years by Steve Ballmer.

The change in command gives Microsoft Corp. an opportunity to prove it’s a more nimble company adapting to evolution of computing instead of clinging to its old ways.

Nadella, who has been working at Microsoft for 22 years, emphasized that he felt rejuvenated since taking over as CEO.

‘Fresh perspective’

“You see things from a fresh set of eyes and fresh perspective,” Nadella told a crowd of reporters gathered in San Francisco for his first major public appearance as CEO.

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