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Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise. Thursday's unveiling of the much-anticipated iPad apps for Microsoft's bundle of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software comes nearly four years after Apple released the tablet computer that has contributed to a steady decline in sales of desktop and laptop machines running on the Windows operating system.

As with the Turkish government’s ban on Twitter last week , today’s blocking of YouTube has spawned a race by people in Turkey to outflank the ban through other sites and apps. Internet users, already armed with a host of applications they downloaded and used after last week’s Twitter blockage, rushed to video-sharing web sites to watch alleged, leaked security meeting recordings. The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blocked YouTube shortly after the video—its provenance still unclear—appeared on the service.

According to data from the research firm Gartner that was compiled by Statista, the number of devices that will be shipped with Google’s Android software is expected to overtake all other operating systems by 2015. The number devices running iOS and OS X are increasing as Apple ships more iPhones, iPads and Macs around the world. If you’re wondering how the columns for “other” could be so tall considering they exclude Google, Apple and Microsoft, it’s partly because the data include the software running older mobile phones known as “feature” phones, or less-affectionately “dumphones”.

Along with a new version of Office for iPad, Microsoft made Office for iPhone and Android smartphones free today.
You can now use Office for free, including editing, on every device except for the iPad, ironically, which requires an Office 365 subscription to unlock editing capabilities. There are free Office apps on Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and Windows RT devices, and for anyone on a regular PC, Office Offline is a decent solution. Microsoft’s goal is to arc people towards paying for Office 365. But at the same time, use of free Office apps leads to more use of OneDrive, which is another priority for the company.