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Microsoft has been having somewhat of an overhaul recently, not only in terms of their brand and identity in the world but in a new kind of attitude that I'm sure young executives would call Blue sky out-of-the-box thinking. Since Ballmer stepped down as CEO and was replaced by Satya Nadella we have seen a number of things that you simply wouldn't have seen before. Examples of this include them giving OneNote away for free and releasing Office for iPad.

Of course Satya can't be responsible for all these changes - he has only been in his new position for a few months and as such cannot have changed as much as we give him credit for. Never the less people have been quick to decide that Nadella is a new youthful face where Ballmer was somewhat of an 'old fart telling you not to do things'.


Office, one of Microsoft's crown jewels, coming to the iPad is something that should have happened a long time ago. However 'old Microsoft' would never have even considered releasing their crown jewels to other platforms. Reviews of the apps have been generally positive, despite some obvious flaws that Microsoft have said they're working on. Word, Excel and PowerPoint are represented - each in their own app. The apps themselves are free to download but require an Office 365 subscription to edit files. They're generally well designed, with an interface that will be familiar to users of Office 2013 on Windows 8.

Image credit: Microsoft

OneNote also has an iOS app, but that's not the latest news for it. The OneNote engineering team have been busy. While not making music videos (see below) they've been busy reducing the price of OneNote 2013 on Windows to, well, nothing. That's right, OneNote is now FREE to download everywhere, see below for more.


OneNote Mac (A Parody of One Day More from Les Misérables) by The OneNote Engineering Team

OneNote can now be downloaded for free from, it's available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows Phone with links from the site.


Office for iPad can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store:
Word | PowerPoint | Excel

UPDATE: Office for iPad now supports printing via AirPrint from within the app. (April 30, 2014)


Image via WIRED.

Edward Callow, the author of this post, is a blogger, photographer and technology expert. When not writing for Hackerspace, he's designing websites and working with computer security. You can follow him on Twitter @MrEdwardCallow or email him.


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