Apple this morning debuted versions of its iWork productivity applications for iPhone and iPod touch, adapting the Pages word processing, Numbers spreadsheet and Keynote presentation software for use on the smaller iOS devices.

The programs will be available for $9.99 each, or as a free update for users of the existing iWork apps for Apple’s iPad.

So what about Microsoft Office? For years now, one of the questions surrounding Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit — the group that makes versions of Office for Apple computers — has been its plans to bring Word, Excel and other Office apps to the iPhone (and now iPad). If the Redmond company has something in the works, it’s keeping its plans close to the vest.

Microsoft has released a version of its OneNote note-taking app for iOS devices.

Here’s the statement from the Redmond company in response to our inquiry this morning: “Today, iOS users can view Office documents through OneNote Web App, Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App and Excel Web App. We constantly evaluate where our customers want and need our productivity solutions, but have nothing further to share.”

Separately, Apple this morning gave a sneak peak of its expected announcements at next week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, saying it would show the next versions of Mac OS X (Lion) and iOS (5) and unveil its new iCloud online service.

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  • Guest

    The Office codebase is so huge that there is nothing you could “port” so you would be starting from scratch.  Why would the MSFT Mac folks spend that much time and money to develop an app that you could only sell for maybe $20?

    • Anonymous

      That’s a good point, but there is a logical business case for an Office iOS app if could be positioned in a way that led more people to buy desktop versions of Office (Mac/Windows) — i.e., higher-end or advanced features that work in conjunction with (or better with) the desktop version. 

      • Guest

        “The biggest competitor to Office is the last version of Office” - so maybe there is some small incremental revenue you could gain by doing some integration features that tie to a new desktop version, but the opportunity cost (the PMs/Devs/Testers) to do it would almost certainly be better spent on the 1 or 2 killer features in any new version that make people want to upgrade…

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Apple on this release! I expect that this will be great news for iWork’s rather Apple-like market share.

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