Could Office for iPad be the host of productivity suites that everyone has been waiting for, ever since it was rumored many years ago? Well maybe, maybe not, but it definitely has managed to pique a lot of interest because after about 24 hours of the apps being released, it has managed to top the iTunes App Store’s Free charts.
As you can see in the image above, it’s not just one, but all the apps that have managed to top the charts in first, second, third, and fourth place. Unsurprisingly it seems that Microsoft Word has managed to nab the number one spot, while OneNote comes in fourth.
It is entirely possible that users are simply downloading the apps just to check them out and whether or not they’ll use it in the long run remains to be seen. However given that they do require users to have an Office 365 subscription could be a bit of a turn off for some users who have been using free alternatives long before Office for iPad came along.
The apps itself are free for download and they can be used to view documents, spreadsheets, or presentation slides. However if you wanted to edit those documents, you would require an Office 365 subscription. For those who already own a subscription, this is a non-issue, but for those who don’t, it could end up being one of the more expensive apps they would have purchased.