At Microsoft, we believe technology has the power to motivate students and empower teachers to grow a global workforce ready to compete. We also believe technology solutions ought to be as unique as the teachers and students themselves. No two schools or classrooms are the same, and choosing a technology solution is never easy. There is no one-size-fits-all device for learning.
When it comes to choosing the right technology solution for their school, decision-makers must consider the ultimate objective: preparing students to be contributors and leaders in the 21st century workplace. That's why we are pleased that beginning today, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available for the iPad in 29 languages. The experience is unmistakably Office, but built from the ground up for iPad. All iPad users can now view and present Office documents on their iPad for free, and Office 365 subscribers get the added benefit of being able to edit and create new documents. The apps are available from the Apple App Store.
This is good news, as we know from a recent IDC study, knowledge of and proficiency with Office products is one of the top skills employers require today. Office for iPad also helps ensure that more children have access to unlimited opportunities to learn anytime and anywhere, and we are proud to play a role in this important step forward.
We know that technology can broaden the impact of education and strengthen the growth potential of every student, educator and school. Office for iPad is just one more way that we can engage even more students in learning, prepare them to meet the changing demands of the job market, and ready them to lead in the 21st century economy. You can find more information on Office for iPad at the Microsoft News Center.
VP, Worldwide Education