Microsoft (again) mentions Office for iOS and Android

By , Oct 10, 2012

We’ve been receiving vague hints that Microsoft, which is currently busy for the big Windows 8 launch scheduled for October 26, is also working on bringing the Office suite to the iPad. Today, a new report quotes a Microsoft executive as confirming that the software giant is in fact hard at work developing a native Microsoft Office suite for both iOS and Android. The software should hit the two mobile platforms “sometime after March 2013″

The Verge points us to Czech site IHNED which reported:

Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that the software maker is planning to release native iOS and Android versions of Office 2013 next year. Speaking at a press event in the Czech Republic earlier today, Bobek told Czech site IHNED that native apps will be made available in March 2013.

The Verge has seen a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team confirming the availability for iOS and Android, but did not publish it in its entirety.

It reads:

In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian.

Microsoft will also release  new version of Office Web Apps.

IHNED told 9to5Mac that “the timeline for Office for iOS and Android is not a March release, but release sometime after March”.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications Frank X. Shaw tweeted that the Czech subsidiary pulled this information out of thin air.

There are a plenty of Office alternatives in the App Store, including Quickoffice (which has been recently acquired by Google), but certainly having the official Office apps from Microsoft would give the iPad the definite productivity credibility in enterprise.

That being said, I’m not entirely sure about this report.

For starters, Microsoft is talking about Office for Symbian, an operating system that has been dying a slow death after Nokia abandoned it in favor of the Windows Phone platform.

Plus, wouldn’t Microsoft want to make such a huge product announcement in the United States rather than have a local executive in the Czech Republic release the details?

A US spokesperson for Microsoft told The Verge:

We have said previously Office Mobile will work across Windows Phones, Android phones and iOS.

What’s your call, is this thing fake or what?

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  • MrShutEmDown

    And the point of telling us THIS far in advance..?

    • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

      Well, at least this confirms all the rumor in the past

  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    Great!

  • Dan

    This would of been useful when I was still in school. No use for it now lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ba-Tongxue/100003554938315 Ba Tongxue

    Looking forward to it

  • http://twitter.com/Terhoence Terence Ho

    I think I saw someone who worked at Microsoft with the app, but I’m not sure. It would be cool, but knowing it’s Microsoft, it might cost more than the iWork package.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    wow this is epic!!!!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/faizan.amjad86 Faizan Amjad

    Will it run well?

    MS Office 2011 crashes on my MBP running ML more than a drunk driver in a demolition derby.