While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple.
This had been a big sticking point historically, so it was one of the key question marks looming over this launch.
Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.
I have to wonder if that was the real sticking point that kept iPad versions of Office out of people’s hands?
Maybe the previous regime refused to budge, newer thinking prevailed? Just a thought.