Microsoft Office on iPad Spotted, Coming Soon to App Store

The Daily claims to have had hands-on time with a working prototype of a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad (via TheVerge). The Daily had previously reported that Microsoft was actively working on bringing Microsoft Office to the iPad.

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The version (pictured above) is said to allow the creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files both locally and online.

A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.

They claim the app will soon be submitted to Apple for App Store approval. Notably, a version of Android is "not in the works" according to the same source.

Top Rated Comments

CyberBob859 Avatar
157 months ago
huge

This will accelerate adoption of the iPad in the corporate world.
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NeuralControl Avatar
157 months ago
Wow this is tremendous for iPad. This really goes to show how serious even Microsoft is taking the iPad.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac21ND Avatar
157 months ago
Pretty big and even bigger if this uses iCloud for storage. If the new version of Office for Mac can autosave to iCloud and offer seamless access to files I'll be upgrading shortly. :)
I have this sneaky feeling about SkyDrive...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jtsnyc47 Avatar
157 months ago
Landscape?!

Where are they going to put the 16 rows of toolbar buttons? This should be a portrait-only app!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hitekalex Avatar
157 months ago
Great news for any iPad user All of the current "Office" type offering (perhaps with the exception of Apple's iWork) are pretty bad.

I am hoping that Microsoft will get file compatibility right between desktop and iOS versions of Office. This will be big.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JS77 Avatar
157 months ago
What's next? Windows 8 for iPad?? :eek:

I kid, I kid... this is gonna be huge, expect massive corporate adoption when this lands on the App Store.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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