Microsoft Office for iPhone and Android Confirmed, Leaked
One would have thought that Microsoft’s Office efforts were focused on Windows 8 and Win RT, but apparently they’re also thinking about Android and iOS. They can’t deny that these platforms are very popular and they’re in dire need of an Office suite, although Apple has a similar product, while Android has a few wannabes, but nothing truly good. Today we get the first glimpse at the official Office that could come to Android and iOS soon enough.
The Verge has found out through some sources close to MS that the company will release Office versions for Android and iOS in early 2013. Office Mobile will kick off as a bunch of free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on their devices. You will need a Microsoft account, just like in the case of SkyDrive and OneNote. Initially you will get basic viewing of files in the app, with support for Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You can enable an edit functionality with an Office 365 subscription.
Microsoft will allow iOS users to purchase the Office 365 subscription as an in application purchase. There’s also the option of distributing codes to enable the editing in Office Mobile for users. Editing is basic and there’s no actual attempt at totally replacing the desktop experience. Apparently we could see the new software as soon as March. Fingers crossed for that!