Microsoft Office for iOS and Android Arriving in November?

BGR reports that Microsoft is planning to launch Office for iOS in November this year, with the source claiming first-hand knowledge of the software running on an iPad. With the app's splash screen referring to it as "Office for iOS", the source also speculates that the app may also be coming to the smaller screens of the iPhone and iPod touch. In addition to its iOS effort, Microsoft is also said to be bringing Office to Android-based tablets in the same timeframe.

Microsoft had indicated soon after the launch of the original iPad that it was investigating the possibility of bringing Office to the platform, but ultimately stated that it had no plans for such an effort. The Daily has since claimed several times that Office for iPad is in fact in the works, reporting in February that it had even had hands-on time with a prototype of the app.


Photo of claimed Office prototype app running on an iPad (Source: The Daily)

Microsoft denied the claim, but The Daily continues to stand by its report. Suggesting that there may have been a misunderstanding somewhere, Microsoft stated that the situation would become "clear in the coming weeks". No such clarification has yet surfaced, however.

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105 months ago

Whenever I see the words Microsoft I get a headache.

Brings back bad memories.

You should go see a doctor if a simple name gives you headaches. ;)
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105 months ago
I do hope microsoft ARE making office for iPad. Its just the thing about computing: microsoft office is the best office app around
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105 months ago

Whenever I see the words Microsoft I get a headache.

Brings back bad memories.

Excel is IMHO one of the most important breakthrough in human productivity in the last decades. It is a totally amazing piece of software.
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105 months ago
For me this is a deal breaker for using the iPad at work. That is if it fully maintains formatting etc when editing documents created on a PC. To date the apps available cause me more problems.
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105 months ago
Hate all you want on MSFT, but this would be outstanding for most people - specifically enterprise users.

Looking forward to it.
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105 months ago

I hope they don't price it that high. I don't think it's worth more than $9.99 an app. Especially because there are sure to be compatibility issues.


Really? I get minimum 35/hr doing my work in excel. I would gladly pay 80 so I can do the work on my iPad or iPhone when I need to. Sign me up. I don't know what you are doing w/ yours, but these are worth it for OFFICE apps.
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