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Microsoft Office for iPad hits 27M downloads mark

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Just a few months after the launch, Microsoft’s Office for iPad has racked up 27 million downloads thanks to the overwhelming response from users worldwide.

Julia White, GM of Microsoft’s Office division, announced during the TechEd customer conference in Houston that the app downloads has surpassed the mark in just 46 days.

Just a week after the launch, Microsoft reported that the Office for iPad was downloaded 12 million times. The figure has more than doubled after that, averaging to 587,000 downloads per day.

The app is available for free download for all customers who have a subscription to Microsoft Office 365, the cloud version of Office, which costs $100 per year. Word for iPad ranks 11th in the US and also shows up on the list of 100 most popular apps in 109 countries, while Google Docs which was released after Office for iPad ranks 23rd.

Back in April, Microsoft said that its personal version of Office for iPad is being used by 4.4 million paid subscribers. The current figures reveal a majority of the downloads were done by business package subscribers, indicating that businesses still rely on Microsoft Office for their tasks.

Microsoft rolled out the most awaited printing feature AirPrint Support for the Office for iPad app last month which lets users to print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and slides in PowerPoint using wireless printers connected to the device. The company also revealed new features such as SmartGuides for PowerPoint and AutoFit for Excel to personalize the printed copies.