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Microsoft Denies Claims of Imminent Launch of Office for iPad [Updated x4]

Earlier today, a report from The Daily claimed that Microsoft has a "working prototype" of its Office suite for iPad, with the app reportedly set to be submitted to Apple for App Store approval "soon".

The New York Times now reports that Microsoft has issued a statement denying at least some of the claims made in the original report, although the company offered no detail on what specific claims it was objecting to.
A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: “The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”
Following the introduction of the original iPad back in 2010, Microsoft indicated that it was "looking at", the possibility of bringing Office to the device, but by the time the device launched a few months later the company said it had "no current plans" for such a project. Rumors of Office for iPad were revived by The Daily late last year with claims that Microsoft was "actively working" on an app.

Update: Microsoft has also responded to ZDNet, claiming that the screenshot accompanying The Daily's report is "not a real picture of a Microsoft software product".
A Microsoft spokesperson said the screen shot accompanying The Daily’s story is not a real picture of a Microsoft software product. But the spokesperson also said Microsoft is declining to comment as to whether or not the company has developed a version of Office for the iPad and/or when such a product may come to market.
Update 2: The Daily's Peter Ha has taken to Twitter to defend the original report, saying that "a working version of the app was demoed to us by someone at Microsoft."

Update 3: TechCrunch has also weighed in, offering another statement from Ha and its own confirmation that the project is indeed real.
Sure enough, they did their homework and Ha stands by the story and pic.

"We’ve been chasing this story down for weeks. We did not fabricate the image and Microsoft isn’t denying the existence of Office for iPad. All this fuss over a photo is nonsense. The story is real."

We also got confirmation from local sources in Seattle, who assure us that the software is real and being developed in-house. However, as the build in the picture is far from final, Microsoft can deny (in its overly specific way) that it’s not a real product.
Update 4: Microsoft's official Microsoft News account on Twitter has weighed in promising that the situation will become clear in the "coming weeks".
Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the “coming weeks.”

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95 months ago
Rumor: Office for iPad release imminent.

Holy crap! I can't wait! Office is so awesome! Having it on the iPad just makes it that much moreso!

Confirmation: Office release not anywhere near imminent.

Who cares! No one likes Office anyway. It's a bloated piece of Microsoft junk, which is a company that's gonna be dead in, like, two years. They probably just copied iWork for the iPad anyway!

Rating: 34 Votes
95 months ago
Then who did I just send $50 to for Office? Oh, Mikrosoft in Nigeria. oops.
Rating: 34 Votes
95 months ago
Microsoft seems to enjoy losing market share.
Rating: 22 Votes
95 months ago

I have had office for Mac on 4 different Macs over the years and it takes forever to open, crashes all the time and I get a pinwheel for 20 seconds anytime I try to change a font. Microsoft just doesn't do well developing on platforms other than Windows.

Oh oh, and every time I plug my Air into my thunderbolt display every excel window I have open goes full screen no matter how much data it contains...super annoying. Ok now I'm just complaining. ;)

How do you like iTunes on Windows?
Rating: 19 Votes
95 months ago
MS would be fools to not get Office out for the ipad.
Rating: 11 Votes
95 months ago
Because spokespeople are to be believed.
Rating: 10 Votes
95 months ago
calling bluff
Rating: 9 Votes
95 months ago
"Some of it's not true." "Which parts?" "No comment."

It's clear to see that they don't have any plans of launching their biggest product onto the device with the largest momentum. Nope, not them.
Rating: 6 Votes
95 months ago
Damn, I was looking forward to actually having Office on my iPad. I use QuickOffice now, but the formatting is usually a little messed up.

If only I could get the other people I work with off of Office.
Rating: 5 Votes
95 months ago

Microsoft isn't making a tablet, nor are they making a tablet-only version of Windows. Aside from the possibility of an ARM version, Windows 8 is the same OS they are developing for servers, desktops and x86 tablets. Even a windows 8 ARM edition will still be based on the same code. By developing an ARM version, they can eliminate the need to code a completely separate mobile OS, like Windows Mobile 7. If Microsoft was concerned about sales of Windows 8 because of an iOS version of Office, they wouldn't make it. Windows 8 will sell regardless. Also, I would have to believe that Microsoft gladly embraces sales of iOS devices because iCloud is running on Microsoft Azure (as well as Amazon). The more iOS devices, the more Apple subscribes to these services, which also happen to run on Microsoft Windows HyperV servers. Basically, every iCloud account is cash in Microsoft's pocket.

Shhhhh!! Don't tell LTD that. Imagine what would happen if it were common knowledge that there would be no iCloud without Microsoft? :D
Rating: 5 Votes

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