Between iWork, Quickoffice and numerous other apps, there's no shortage of productivity apps for the iPad, but for many there's no substitute for the real Office. And it looks like Microsoft fans will get their wish come March 27, when the company's new CEO is expected to speak at a press conference.

Microsoft has invited members of the press to a San Francisco event to discuss the company's "mobile first, cloud first" strategy, according to a report from The Verge. At this gathering CEO Satya Nadella is expected to show off Office for the iPad, which will allow owners of Apple's tablet to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the go.

However, there's a catch with this software. As with Office for iPhone, Microsoft will likely charge users a subscription fee to access all of the app's features. If your company already pays for your Office 365 subscription, your golden, but if not you're going to need to pay your own way.

The good news is that Microsoft just recently unveiled a new Office 365 personal plan, so individuals can get in on the action. The new plan costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

With Microsoft's Build conference on April 2 just days after from this announcement, why not wait to announce the new version of Office for the iPad? The Verge says that Nadella is setting the stage for the bigger show, where the company is expected to launch Windows Phone 8.1 and a major update to Windows 8.1. It also makes sense that Microsoft doesn't want an iOS product stealing Windows's thunder.

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Microsoft Office coming to the iPad on March 27
Microsoft is expected to unveil its flagship software suite for its competitor's tablet at the end of the month.