After announcing the release of the Office for iPad apps late last month, Microsoft announced yesterday that the separate Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPad have collectively, Office for iPad apps, reached 12 million downloads a week after release. The number also includes downloads of the OneNote app for iPad, which was made available a couple of years back leading up to the release of the Office apps, but Microsoft didn’t provide a breakdown of sales by each app.
It wasn’t long after the release that Microsoft’s three new Office apps for iPad made it to the top of the App Store’s Top Free Apps charts thanks to much promotion from the announcement, decent reviews, and a big banner on the top of the App Store from Apple. The apps are free to download, but require a $99/year subscription to unlock full editing and creating capabilities.
Microsoft has also been promoting the apps, by handing out free Office 365 subscriptions to iPad users at retail locations.