Microsoft announced today that Word, Excel and PowerPoint will soon be available on the iPad.
Each app will be free to download and view files. If you want to create or edit a Microsoft document you will need to be subscribed to the Microsoft 365 service. The cost for 365? $99.99. Not inexpensive, but worthwhile to many.
What this says about the necessity of a laptop / desktop will be interesting. Do you plan to purchase 365?