MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that its Office for iPad productivity suite has so far notched up 27 million downloads, despite having received poor reviews in the Apple App Store.
Julia White, GM of the Microsoft Office division, announced the milestone on Monday, saying that the number of downloads for the top 10 countries has hit 27 million, up from the 12 million Office for iPad downloads it announced last month.
"It looks like we have about 27 million downloads," White said, speaking at Microsoft's Teched conference, adding, "Not bad for just the top 10 countries."
This is an impressive feat considering that the apps have been available for less than two months, and it's even more impressive when you look at the apps' ratings in the iTunes App Store.
The Microsoft Word for iPad app, for example, has seen a total of 1,195 ratings, with its average score coming in at just two-and-a-half stars. Most of the poor reviews were due to Microsoft's subscription-based payment model, with users having to cough up £80 a year to make full use of the applications.
One reviewer wrote, for example, "I have owned an iPad since they first came out in 2010, so if I'd bought Word then I would have now paid Microsoft £320... or I could have just bought Pages for £8.
"This is the equivalent of a bathroom store renting you your toilet instead of allowing you to buy it and then charging you £5 every time you want to 'spend a penny'."
Excel for iPad also has a lowly two-and-a-half star rating, while Powerpoint has managed to make it to three stars. µ
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