Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft Word for iPad (Source: iTunes.com)

Microsoft Word for iPad (Source: iTunes.com)

Microsoft Powerpoint for iPad (Source: iTunes.com)

Microsoft Powerpoint for iPad (Source: iTunes.com)

Microsoft Excel for iPad (Source: iTunes.com)

Microsoft Excel for iPad (Source: iTunes.com)

Microsoft released the Office Suite (three Apps, Word, Excel and Powerpoint) for the iPad today in San Francisco. Though pundits have been claiming that this is too late, the initial look and reviews are fairly positive, like this one from Paul Thurrott [ref]

It’s not happening in a half-assed way: This isn’t Office Mobile blown up to a big screen. It’s a full-featured Office suite—a real Office suite, not some sad third party imitation—designed for the constraints and power of the iPad. This is a release that should impress iPad users because it respects the device.
— Paul Thurrott

Apple's iWork suite works fine and probably more intuitive and easy to use for most of the casual users, but iWork lacks some of the more complex functions that Microsoft Office users, mainly enterprise users have been accustomed to and that is where this Office for iPad will make a big difference. Irrespective of the welcome this App suite for the iPad gets, it definitely takes iPad one step further in the right direction, to make it an even more productive device.

Tim Cook's Twitter account

Tim Cook's Twitter account

Even Tim Cook had to formally (when I say formally, I mean on Twitter of course) welcome the Office suite for iPad. Now, next up we need to get a better multitasking and multiple window operation on the iPad!