April 08, 2014, 8:17 PM — Don't look now, but the Office for iPad team ventured onto Reddit for one of that service's Ask Me Anything (AMA) sessions. Here are the five most intriguing things they said.
The Office for iPad team and Office for Mac team are one and the same
Not a big surprise, but the folks who built the Office for iPad apps are the same ones who are working on Office for Mac. And it's a pretty Mac-centric group, too; According to the team, "everyone has an iPad, and the Mac:PC ratio is 16:1." Don't expect them to reveal when the next version of Office might make its way to the Mac, however; when asked, the group would only say "we are working on the next version."
Office for iPad was built from the ground up, and shares code with OS X
One of the nicest things about the new Office apps is that they feel fluid and comfortable on the iPad, and the back-end code is part of the reason for that: According to one of the Word developers, the team "started with the Mac Office code base, and ported it from [the older OS X Carbon infrastructure] to Cocoa/UIKit." In fact, building the iPad versions of the Office apps is actually helping the team rebuild Office for Mac: When it arrives, the OS X suite should be fully built in the modern Cocoa infrastructure--resulting in faster and more responsive versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ballmer approved Office for iPad
While the Office for iPad team didn't comment directly about the app suite's rumored shelving/delays over the years, the team's technical product manager did let slip that it was Ballmer who approved Office for iPad's release, not new CEO Satya Nadella.
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