Microsoft made some major announcements on Thursday including Microsoft Office for iPad, free Office Mobile apps for iPhone and Android, and the Enterprise Mobility Suite of cloud services to help businesses manage corporate data and services on various devices.
The company also announced the upcoming availability of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium and enhancements to Windows Intune.
CEO Satya Nadella said, “Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device. It’s a unique approach that centers on people — enabling the devices you love, work with the services you love, and in a way that works for IT and developers.”
“We reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office,” said Microsoft’s John Case. “We hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are. In the future, we will bring Office apps to the Windows Store and other popular platforms. In addition to Office for iPad, we’ve gone a step further in our mobile first and cloud first approach, and like Windows Phone, we’ve now made Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones available for free.”
Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad are available in the App Store.
Office 365 subscribers can add an iPad as one of their chosen devices, and use the apps.
The Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) provides device, identity and access management with data protection from the cloud. It includes Windows Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium and Azure Rights Management Services. Windows Intune now supports the Samsung KNOX platform, Remote to My PC for Android and iOS devices, and the next update to Windows Phone.
Office for iPad is available today in 29 languages for iOS 7.0 or later. The new Windows Intune features and Azure Active Directory Premium will be available in April, and the Enterprise Mobility Suite will be available on May 1st.
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