November 8th, 2012

Microsoft Office coming to iPhone, iPad and Android in 2013

Microsoft Office for iOS and AndroidMicrosoft will make its Office soft­ware suite avail­able to mobile devices run­ning Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in 2013, accord­ing to reports in The Verge.

The reports state that Microsoft plans plans to enable users to access Office branded mobile ver­sions of Word, Pow­er­Point and Excel. The Apple iOS and Android apps will be free to down­load and will pro­vide basic doc­u­ment view­ing func­tion­al­ity to all users. Access to a pre­mium ver­sion of Office will require a Microsoft Office 365 account.

The Verge adds Microsoft will sell Office 365 sub­scrip­tions as in-app pur­chases, although sources indi­cate the mobile ver­sions will not repli­cate all the fea­tures included in the desk­top version.

Microsoft is expected to roll out Office for iOS in late Feb­ru­ary or early March of next year, with the Android ver­sion fol­low­ing in May.

Office apps for mobile plat­forms other than Microsoft’s Win­dow 8 have been rumoured for months. Microsoft job post­ings in the sum­mer adver­tised for Out­look and Pow­er­Point test team soft­ware engi­neers to “work very closely with the Devel­op­ment team on the design, imple­men­ta­tion and test­ing of new fea­ture work to be part of Microsoft’s next move on the Mac and on iOS.”

Last month, Microsoft prod­uct man­ager Petr Bobek told Czech site IHNED that native Office apps for iOS and Android are due in March, which was denied in a sub­se­quent press release issued by Microsoft’s Czech divi­sion. “The infor­ma­tion shared by our Czech sub­sidiary is not accu­rate,” a Microsoft U.S. spokesper­son later said. “We do not have any­thing fur­ther to share at this time.”

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