Apple Wants a Slice of Microsoft Office for iOS’ Success Too

Microsoft will have to pay a fee for Office for iOS too

Apple has asked Microsoft to pay a 30 percent commission for its SkyDrive for iOS app and, because the Redmond-based technology giant has refused to do so, future updates of the software have been blocked.

But it seems like this dispute will go well beyond SkyDrive, as Apple now wants to receive a 30 percent commission for Office for iOS too.

AllThingsD reports that Apple is also expecting Microsoft to pay the fee for the Office 365 subscriptions sold to iOS users, even though the Redmond software giant is very likely to say no once again.

“Apple provides customers and developers the largest selection and safest way to discover apps with our curated App Store,” company spokesman Tom Neumayr told AllThingsD.

“We’ve designed our rules to be fair and consistent for every developer — free apps and services are distributed for free, paid apps and services provide a revenue share to Apple. We’ve paid out over 6.5 billion dollars to our developer community who have created over 700,000 apps.”

Microsoft is yet to issue a comment on the matter, but we’ve contacted the company and we’re going to update this story as soon as we get an answer.

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