Microsoft appears to be devoting a lot of its attention to the iOS platform this summer. Earlier today we heard that the Redmond company was working on bringing its Office suite to Apple’s mobile OS. And now this.

AppleInsider is out with a new report this afternoon, claiming that it has learned that Microsoft plans to release native iOS apps for both Outlook, its popular email client, and Lync, its instant messaging client, this fall…

 “Microsoft is currently planning for both Outlook Web App and Lync to debut on the iOS App Store before the end of October, a person familiar with the upcoming software revealed. Both will be native iOS applications that render Web content with the same tiled Metro user interface style that can be found on Windows Phone.”

The news comes on the heals of an earlier report from BGR, claiming that Microsoft is readying an iOS version of its popular Office suite. If there’s any truth behind either of these rumors, the company is definitely on the right track.

With more than 300 million iOS devices out in the wild, ignoring the platform would be a mistake. However, if Microsoft can release solid iOS apps, wrapped up in its popular Metro UI, it might just win over some new fans.

What do you think? Will we see any new iOS apps from Microsoft this year?

  • I like the Metro UI. It’s really cool, but i haven’t heard of Lync before…

    • Lync is Microsoft’s Enterprise Voice/Video and IM solution.

  • I think it is a very strategic move.

    Consider this, with your free Hotmail / LIVE email account you get a free SkyDrive account which now currently gives you access to MS Word 2007, MS Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and OneNote 2007.

    With integration in to iOS, I now have SkyDrive which is basically working like “BOX” or “DropBox” – but if they upgrade this with their new App to easily let me use Office products and even Outlook – not only will this SQUASH the “toy” ads that RIM is running for their “Crack-Berries” (HaHaHa… I know, I couldn’t keep a straight face when I wrote that!!!…)

    But, having cloud storage with access to all my office products and mail and then to top it all off they familarize me with their “tiles” way of doing things on their Win Mobile OS – it is a brillient strategy to “back door” their way back.

    Even if Microsoft never switches users away from iOS, they can then start charging, best would be a small monthly subscription through the user’s current iTunes account – maybe to start something very small and simple like $0.99/month – hey, you get 300,000,000 iOS users all paying you $0.99/month – less Apples’ cut, and you’re still doing almost $130 Million / month profit revenue! Not too bad to say the least! 🙂

    What do you think????

    • not to mention this is going to win over loads more people to ios devices and especially the ipad

  • Um, Lync has been out on iOS for at least 6 months. Makes me question the rest of the story.

  • Wow its a bit late Microsoft

  • Anonymous

    I was all for it until I read “It was said that it will also require an Exchange 2012 mailbox to work”.
    My work email is still on Exchange 2007, dammit!