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Microsoft Leaks References to 'Office Mobile for iPhone', 'Excel for iPad' and 'PowerPoint for iPad'

Building upon a series of reports about Microsoft's apparent efforts to bring its Office productivity suite to iOS, The Verge last month shared a few screenshots and noted that the suite would be offered in early 2013 as a set of free apps with viewing abilities that could be upgraded with basic editing tools through a Microsoft 360 subscription. Microsoft has, however, been rather cryptic in its public comments on the Office for iOS project, leaving a number of questions about just what the company's plans are.

As noted by Mac4ever, references to several Office for iOS applications have begun creeping into Microsoft's support site, albeit as product tags that appear to have been applied improperly to support articles.

One example is a document addressing custom numeric formats in Excel. On the support site for the United States, the document is listed as applying to Excel 2013, while on the French support site it is incorrectly listed as applying to Excel for iPad. Searches for similar phrases throughout Microsoft's support site yield a number of other references, including "Excel for iPad", "PowerPoint for iPad", and "Office Mobile for iPhone".


While the appearance of these new product tags doesn't offer any additional information on Microsoft's plans, it does seem to confirm the products' existence and that the company is working toward building out support site infrastructure for them ahead of their debut.

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23 months ago
i like pages, numbers, and keynote better
Rating: 18 Votes
23 months ago

i like pages, numbers, and keynote better


I would rather pull out my eyes and put them on cocktail sticks than use those apps. This is one thing that MS has wrapped up, leave it to the professionals.
Rating: 17 Votes
23 months ago
Microsoft Office for iOS. Only $19.99*!




*$6/month Office 365 subscription required for all features that matter.
Rating: 17 Votes
23 months ago
I hope this heralds the return of Clippy.
Rating: 8 Votes
23 months ago
Too bad their badly gimped versions that require a subscription

No thanks
Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago

I hope this heralds the return of Clippy.


Nothing can beat Microsoft Bob! :D

Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago
This will change the way people see the iPad.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago

Subscription based to edit? I'll pass. Is Office really needed these days?

The greedy monster that is Microsoft rises from the depths of the sea. Tokyo is that way!


Microsoft greedy? Sorta pot, kettle, black if you ask me...
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
Hopefully Apple can do a good job job with their own office suite. Just like they did with maps. :eek:
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
yes this will be huge for iOS in general.

Yet I can't help but feel there would be a LOT of great word processor/spreadsheet/presentation applications (on all platforms) if there was better open document support that people and businesses actually use. Word compatibility in Pages was never that great for complex documents (headers, footers, TOC, etc.), Excel will never be replaced because of all those business critical VBA scripts. it's the worst kind of vendor lock in. rant over, thanks for listening.
Rating: 5 Votes

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