Microsoft has issued invitations to an event on 27 March that is widely expected to be the launch of the long-awaited version of Office for Apple's iPad. However, as usual, the software giant is refusing to give away any hints before the event itself.
The event, which will also be the first hosted by new chief executive Satya Nadella, is described by the firm as being focused on "the intersection of cloud and mobile computing" in an invitation sent out to the technology press.
This has been interpreted by many as being the launch of Office for iPad, which Microsoft last year confirmed was under development after years of denying it would ever ship a version for Apple's mobile platform, despite many industry commentators saying that the firm would be foolish to ignore the large number of iPad users.
However, when V3 approached Microsoft for further details, the firm simply reiterated the company's stock response that it does not comment on rumour or speculation.
Last year, Microsoft released an Office Mobile application for Office 365, which was optimised for the iPhone and required users to have a subscription to the firm's Office 365 online service.
In contrast, Office for the iPad is expected to offer full versions of Microsoft's Office applications, optimised for touch.
Microsoft's former chief executive Steve Ballmer had previously said that Office for iPad would only be delivered once the company had a fully touch-first version of Office running on Windows tablets.
If next week's announcement does turn out to be the eagerly anticipated release of Office for the iPad, it will demonstrate a change of plan from the software giant.
The firm has also just released its first version of the OneNote note-taking application for Apple Mac computers.
Microsoft's upcoming event is scheduled for 10am Pacific time on 27 March, which equates to 5pm UK time.
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