Microsoft announced today at the TechEd Conference that Microsoft Office for iPad, which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, has been downloaded from the App Store 27 million times to date. The statistic was first shared on Twitter by Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrot and noted by Business Insider:

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The 27 million downloads number represents continued growth as the number is about double the 12 million downloads statistic announced on the Microsoft Twitter account one week after the software’s public debut. Of course, this 27 million download statistic solely references free downloads. Microsoft has not shared details behind how many paid iPad Office subscribers it has.

Since announcing Office for iPad in late March of this year, Microsoft has been working on new functionality and sharing details behind development of the suite. Microsoft added AirPrint support to Office for iPad late last month in addition to some enhancements to the Excel application. Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised the suite, welcoming the software to the App Store and saying on an earnings call that it should have been released even sooner.

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