Microsoft appears to finally be embracing a strategy I have been evangelizing for years. Rather than building walls that try to force users to stick with the Windows operating system, or Windows Phone smartphones, Microsoft seems to be expanding its horizons and working to ensure that end users are still Microsoft customers no matter what platform they’re working from.
Microsoft already offers OneNote for iPad, and recently added OneNote for Android. It has also revealed that there will be Microsoft Office 15 apps for the upcoming ARM-based Windows 8 tablets, and it has expanded the SkyDrive cloud storage ecosystem to span multiple platforms ranging from Windows to Mac OS X to Windows Phone to iOS.
Now, there are rumors–including alleged images of the actual apps–that Microsoft is planning to launch Microsoft Office apps for the iPad through the Apple App Store imminently.
I will withhold final judgment until I see how well the rumored apps work and integrate with the traditional Microsoft Office suite, but from a purely theoretical standpoint I welcome an iOS version of Office with wide open arms.