Rumors are swirling that Microsoft will release an iPad version of its Office suite of software. The Daily reported that the app was slated for a 2012 release at a price point near $10, and a supposed photo of the app running on an iPad was leaked, though Microsoft says that it is a fake. Follow here for the entire story as it develops.
Apr 10, 2013
Office for iOS reportedly pushed to late 2014
Microsoft appears to be holding off on introducing its Office for iOS and Android versions. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has decided to introduce its mobile Office variants later than originally planned. The Verge originally revealed Office for iOS in November, with an expected release early this year. Foley claims a roadmap for the future of Office includes release dates for Android and iOS in October 2014.Read Article >
The software giant is currently working on "Metro-style" versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that will likely debut later this year. The leaked roadmap reportedly includes references to a new Office for Mac release in April 2014 alongside an Office RT and Office for Windows Phone refresh. If the dates are accurate then it's likely that Microsoft pushed back the planned release of its Office for iOS software to ensure full touch-friendly versions of its Windows clients were available.
Dec 11, 2012
Office for iOS reportedly at the heart of Apple and Microsoft in-app sales disagreement
Microsoft confirmed earlier reports that the company's SkyDrive iOS app update has been delayed by Apple, but it appears the issues are bigger than just SkyDrive. All Things D reports that Apple and Microsoft are locked in a battle over a 30 percent cut of Office 365 subscriptions for Office Mobile. The Verge exclusively revealed details on Office Mobile for iOS, including plans for a subscription version to edit documents on the iPhone and iPad.Read Article >
Microsoft has been reportedly pushing Apple to adjust its developer license agreement that splits the cost of subscription services between a developer and Apple 70 / 30 percent. All Things D says Apple is sticking to its rules instead of negotiating a special deal for Microsoft. The additional disagreements explain why Microsoft's latest SkyDrive iOS app has been put on hold. A company spokesperson confirmed to The Verge earlier today that it is "in contact with Apple regarding the matter and hope to come to a resolution," for the SkyDrive app.
Dec 10, 2012
Office Mobile for iPhone and iPad app references revealed by Microsoft
Microsoft has confirmed the existence of its Office Mobile for iPhone, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps in newly posted support documents at the company's official Office site. Spotted by Mac4ever, the documents only confirm the naming, but do not shed any light on the features expected in Office Mobile for iPhone and iPad. Microsoft's US support sitedoes not include the references, but the company's Romanian version has them on display.Read Article >
The Verge exclusively revealed the look and feel of Office Mobile for iPhone last month after Microsoft has remained quiet about its plans for the software. Office Mobile will debut as a free app for iOS and Android, providing basic viewing functionality. We also understand, from sources familiar with Office Mobile for iOS, that the company will allow free users to edit up to 25 documents before a subscription version is required. Microsoft's Czech Republic subsidiary revealed the existence of Office Mobile apps for iOS and Android back in October. We expect the iOS variant to be made available in late February or early March, with an Android version planned for May.
Nov 7, 2012
Exclusive: Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad, and Android revealed
Microsoft's Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android is a reality. Although Office Mobile has been rumored and reportedly spotted in the wild, Microsoft has remained persistently quiet about its plans for the product. The Verge has learned through several sources close to Microsoft's plans that the company will release Office versions for Android and iOS in early 2013.Read Article >
Office Mobile will debut in the form of free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the move. Like the existing SkyDrive and OneNote apps, Office Mobile will require a Microsoft account. On first launch, a Microsoft account will provide access to the basic viewing functionality in the apps. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents will all be supported, and edit functionality can be enabled with an Office 365 subscription.
Oct 10, 2012
Office for iOS and Android reportedly confirmed by Microsoft product manager, due March 2013 (update)
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 from March 2013.Read Article >
A press release, seen by The Verge, from Microsoft's Czech Republic team confirms the availability for iOS and Android. "In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian," says Microsoft, while separately noting that there will also be a new version of Office Web Apps too. Office for iPad has long been rumored to be in the works, offering iOS users a way to access Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from Apple's tablet and phone devices.
Feb 21, 2012
Microsoft says truth about Office on iPad will be clear 'in the coming weeks'Read Article >
We're not sure exactly what Microsoft is referring to, but it looks like we'll find out soon enough what the company's actual plans are for iOS.
Microsoft: Office for iPad photo 'is not our software'
Microsoft has branded a photo of Office for iPad fake after a story appeared today claiming the software maker is planning to release a version in the coming weeks. "The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation," said a Microsoft spokesperson to us today. The company also told ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley that The Daily's alleged picture of Office running on an iPad "is not a real picture of a Microsoft software product." The image depicted a rumored version of Office for iPad with access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.Read Article >
Microsoft is rumored to be preparing an Office version for the iPad, that may appear before a tablet optimized version of Office for Windows 8. Microsoft's Office 15 software, designed for Windows tablets, is currently in the pre-beta stages and will run as a desktop app on Windows 8 with interface and touch improvements.
Microsoft Office for iPad spotted in the wild, coming soon?
Microsoft's rumored Office for iPad application appears to have leaked into the wild this week. The Daily revealed an exclusive picture of what it claims is Microsoft Office running on Apple's iPad tablet today. We are unable to immediately verify the photo, but the interface includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint icons as well as the ability to create new documents. There is also a settings, Messenger and search section, similar to icons found on Microsoft's MSN and Bing iPad applications.Read Article >
We understand that Microsoft's Mac Business Unit has been working on Office for iPad and The Daily claims it could be released in a number of weeks following a submission to Apple's App Store. The design of the application appears to match Microsoft's Metro style, used on Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft's existing OneNote iOS app will reportedly be updated to a Metro design as well, but there is no sign of an Office for Android version. Microsoft is planning its own Office for Windows 8, that may appear later than Office for iPad. Currently in the pre-beta stages, Office 15 will run as a desktop app across Windows 8 and includes interface and touch improvements.
Nov 29, 2011
Microsoft reportedly launching Office for iPad in 2012Read Article >
Microsoft's released a few apps here and there for the iPhone and iPad but has kept one of its prize breadwinners out of the iOS fray. According to The Daily, which appears to have some insider info on Microsoft lately, that all might change in 2012 with the launch of Office for iPad. The publication claims that this new release will play nice with Office 365's cloud-based service, and iPad documents should be compatible with the desktop versions of Office. In fact, this closely mirrors both Office for Windows Phone and iWork on the iPad, with document syncing and compatibility between mobile and desktop apps. Office for iPad's price point also is rumored to be similar to iWork on iOS's $10 per app pricing. The Daily claims a new Office for Mac will be coming out closer to the end of 2012, but the iPad apps are likely to launch much sooner. It looks like Microsoft's big 2012 is getting bigger.