Critics and analysts have had time to try out Office for the iPad since its launch on Friday, with the response being generally positive.

Motif Investing's Hardeep Walia showered praise on the product while speaking on Bloomberg television.
Walia called new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s decision to launch the product a “bold move”, and showed confidence in Nadella’s focus on the mobile and cloud markets.
The investor was impressed by how well customised the Office suite was for the iPad:
“It is so right for the iPad. This was not a quick port “let’s grab what’s on Surface and move it to the iPad”—they spent a lot of time and a lot of money getting the precision and making it an Apple quality product.”

Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch also praised the apps’ polished finish, describing them as “surprisingly polished out of the gate”.

Nandagopal Rajan of The Indian Express added to the positive press for the new apps, writing that the release of Office for the iPad was “among the best things to have happened on the iPad for sometime [sic].”

Despite the praise of analysts, Microsoft’s new Office apps for the iPad each have just 3 stars on the App Store. Users of the app complained about the inability to print files or export them as PDFs.

Though most analysts are in consensus that releasing Office for the iPad makes good business sense for Microsoft, there is a danger that the apps could be too successful: consumers who had previously been put off purchasing an iPad due to their lack of the Office suite have now had a major barrier to purchase removed.