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Microsoft's Czech Unit Reportedly Confirms Office for iOS Coming in March 2013 [Updated]

The Verge reports that a Microsoft product manager today confirmed that the company is working on versions of Microsoft Office for both iOS and Android, targeting a March 2013 release. The comments were made to Czech site IHNED.cz [Google translation] at a press event in that country.

The Verge also notes that it has seen a press release from Microsoft's team in the Czech Republic confirming the launch plans.
"In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian," says Microsoft, while separately noting that there will also be a new version of Office Web Apps too. [...]

The press release also mentions that Office 2013 will be made available to businesses in December, with a consumer launch scheduled for the end of February 2013. "Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013," says Microsoft.

There has been considerable confusion over the possibility of Office for iOS, with The Daily having claimed in February that it had hands-on time with a working prototype of the software but Microsoft denying the report's details. In May, a pair of reports narrowed the release of Office for iPad (and possibly iPhone) to November of this year, with November 10 being floated as the actual date. It now appears, however, that the iOS launch may track more closely with the broader Office 2013 release.

Update 8:29 AM: IHNED.cz's Otakar Schon has followed up to let us know that there was a miscommunication with the Microsoft representatives and that the timeline for an Office release on iOS and Android is "after March".

Update 10:51 AM: Microsoft head of PR Frank X. Shaw released this statement on Twitter:
The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share.

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25 months ago
just in time for iPad 4 !
Rating: 9 Votes
25 months ago
I'm glad that Office is coming to iOS...


...I'm mad we still have to suffer through Office:mad:
Rating: 9 Votes
25 months ago
Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if the price tag was "only $149.99" :D
Rating: 7 Votes
25 months ago
Take your time Microsoft. IOS has only been around for 5+ years
Rating: 7 Votes
25 months ago
What is Microsoft's PR team in the Czech Republic doing making this announcement?

Seems a little, well, curious.:confused:
Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago
Update #5: Czech Microsoft rep looking for a new job this afternoon.
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago
I thought Symbian was either dead or a discontinued platform? Not sure why Microsoft would bother developing for it.
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago

Users don't want Microsoft apps on their Apple devices. They want the total integrated solutions such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote.


Speak for yourself and not everyone else. There are a ton of users that want Office on their iOS devices.
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago
I know the pricing scheme from a very good source:

iOS Office 2013 for students: $199
iOS Office 2013 for home: $299
iOS Office 2013 Professional: $399
iOS Office 2013 Even more professional: $499
iOS Office 2013 Ultimate Signature Edition: $599
Rating: 3 Votes
25 months ago

Bing, bing, bing (pun) Winner, winner, chicken dinner! MS has been pretty irrelevant for a long, long while IMO.


Yep, with 95% of the computers in the world running Windows, they're clearly heading into obscurity. :confused:
Rating: 3 Votes

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