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March 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Qi Lu talks Satya Nadella, Office on iPad at Morgan Stanley conference

Qi Lu, executive vice president of Microsoft's Applications and Services division. (Photo from Microsoft)

Qi Lu, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Applications and Services division. (Photo from Microsoft)

Qi Lu, head of Microsoft’s Applications and Services division (Office, Bing, Skype, etc),  is speaking this morning at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. (A webcast of the Q&A is being streamed here.)

When asked about his impressions of new CEO Satya Nadella, Lu said that he’s had the opportunity to work with Nadella closely in a number of capacities. (We hear he was Nadella’s mentor for a time.)

“I hold very, very high regard for Satya,” Lu said. “Satya has already hit the ground running, driving a lot of focus forward.”

Lu said Nadella was driving clarity, focusing the “devices and services” strategy already in place at Microsoft on “high value services.”

Lu sidestepped a question on when Office might be arriving for iPad. (A recent ZDNet report said it might be coming “sooner than many think” — perhaps even ahead of the touch-first version of Office that Microsoft is developing.)

Lu said Microsoft considers two main factors when deciding what to ship when: Whether there’s genuine customer need and whether it makes economic sense for Microsoft.

“We have been working on a touch-first version of those core apps (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.),” he said. “We’re going to make those apps available for Windows devices and non-Windows devices. But exactly what timetables and when and how, we have to go back to those two factors.”

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