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The team behind the hit Microsoft Office for iPad apps is conducting an Ask Me Anything Q&A on Reddit right now, and some of the most interesting questions involve the timing of the release and the internal politics that surrounded the development process.

New CEO Satya Nadella has been getting credit for the decision to release the Office apps for the rival tablet —part of an overall sense that Nadella is ushering in a new era at the company. But actually, a member of the Office for iPad team says, “The decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Steve Ballmer approved the plan to ship Office for iPad.”

So why did it take so long to release the apps?

The answer: “Since we were designing Office for iPad from a ‘blank slate’ so to speak, we wanted to take the time to deliver the highest possible quality Office experience that is fully optimized for the iPad. A wise man once said, ‘Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.’ That rings true for how we thought about it.”

You can follow the ongoing AMA here, and we’ll have more coverage as news warrants.

Also see: First Impressions: Office for iPad is the real deal

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