Microsoft bringing Office Mobile to "other leading Smartphone platforms"

As pointed out by WMPoweruser, a new Microsoft job posting is leading the tech world to believe that Redmond has something big planned for the mobile version of its popular Office suite. Microsoft has made it very clear that Office 2010 will be a big part of their upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform. A mobile version of Office is already something that even Windows Mobile 6.5 users have become accustomed to.

What Microsoft's latest job posting brings to our attention is the company's multi-platform approach to Office Mobile. The posting is for a "Software Development Engineer - Office Mobile Job" and highlights the following interesting tidbits of information:

"In addition to the current Windows Mobile 6.5 and upcoming WM7 clients, with the recently announced alliance between Microsoft and Nokia we are working to bring Office Mobile to hundreds of millions of Nokia smartphone owners, followed by other leading Smartphone platforms."

"This unique position involves technical challenges of working across multiple operating systems and devices as well as the chance to work with teams across the company and around the world."

Windows Phone 7 isn't even out the door yet and already, Microsoft is hard at work to make sure that Office Mobile can do for mobile devices what Office has done for desktops--deliver a rich productivity suite on as many devices as humanly possible. While the job description doesn't spell out any specific platforms other than Nokia's, "leading Smartphone platforms" will likely include iOS, Android, and RIM, seeing as they are the current big three.

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Is this a big surprise to anyone? Wow-- MS trash-talking their new "next thing"? People, get un-shocked by MS presently! Winmo 7 has already been panned by the techworld. Why should this be anything different.
Then there is Office 2010. The very idea that it is so groundbreaking and transformational that it justifies no upgrades? Not in the life time. O-Pro costs $500! We now know why MS did a flip on freebies to Of14 beta testers. They need people to help them in selling the price hike. If any Office platform was transformational in recent years, Of 12, 2007 was the winner. 14? Webapps which everyone is doing and a clean-up of the GUI. In short, a few adds but nothing earth-shattering.

haveblue128 said,
Is this a big surprise to anyone? Wow-- MS trash-talking their new "next thing"? People, get un-shocked by MS presently! Winmo 7 has already been panned by the techworld. Why should this be anything different.
Then there is Office 2010. The very idea that it is so groundbreaking and transformational that it justifies no upgrades? Not in the life time. O-Pro costs $500! We now know why MS did a flip on freebies to Of14 beta testers. They need people to help them in selling the price hike. If any Office platform was transformational in recent years, Of 12, 2007 was the winner. 14? Webapps which everyone is doing and a clean-up of the GUI. In short, a few adds but nothing earth-shattering.

I think you're looking at this extremely negatively. Windows Phone 7 hasn't been 'panned' by the tech world. In fact, it's been received very positively by most sites, including Engadget and Gizmodo, which most would recognise as having a pro-apple stance.

Microsoft are hardly 'trash talking' their new 'next thing'. If you read the article, you'd probably notice that the suggestion that Microsoft is bring Office Mobile to other platforms is gleaned from a job advert. It's absolutely not an advert, and there is no 'trash talking'.

Office 2010 brings a lot of new features to it, such that is is a significant upgrade over Office 2007; the Fluent User Interface has been consistently deployed across the entire suite, all applications now utilise the Backstage area which is far easier for users, there's jumplist support under Windows 7, Powerpoint utilises Direct2D graphics acelleration for extremely smooth presentations, the graphics/image handling has noticably improved across the board for all applications. On top of this, there's support for Skydrive syncing files from within the Office suite, as well as the Office Web Apps, which are actually really quite good.

Office continues to be an Office suite without any competition or alternative of any merit.

If this is done for the android OS as well then Linux would get a better idea of how much emulation the can put on windows Softwares.

Its a must-do. Mobile OS and Office are different jobs and need to be separated. Apple developed itunes and safari for PC, microsoft developed messenger, office for mac...

mobile versions are the same thing...

Dead'Soul said,
microsoft developed messenger, office for mac...

Those two products are definitely shining bright on Mac OS X... Ahem...

I honestly don't see the need in having Office running on my phone, especially due to the screen size. Maybe apart from Outlook. But that's just me.

.Neo said,
I honestly don't see the need in having Office running on my phone, especially due to the screen size. Maybe apart from Outlook. But that's just me.

Agreed. A reader for documents and spreadsheets would be fine. I would find it ridiculous to try and edit a Word document or do calculations with a spreadsheet on a phone.

Conjor said,

Agreed. A reader for documents and spreadsheets would be fine. I would find it ridiculous to try and edit a Word document or do calculations with a spreadsheet on a phone.

If you get one of the newer EVO's, HD2, or similar sized screen phones, you will see how it wouldn't be all that bad. But on anything smaller, screw trying to do real work on it lol.

.Neo said,
I honestly don't see the need in having Office running on my phone, especially due to the screen size. Maybe apart from Outlook. But that's just me.

It's perfect for quick edits when you're traveling and your coworker told you some updated info that you need to slip into the PowerPoint.

You would use it if you're a business user. Hell, I even use Office Mobile on my WinMo phone, and I'm a student.

Conjor said,

Agreed. A reader for documents and spreadsheets would be fine. I would find it ridiculous to try and edit a Word document or do calculations with a spreadsheet on a phone.

ive used my ipod touch to take notes during a few classes, could take notes as fast as others did with their pen and paper even faster than some, and i can sync the notes to my laptop later, if MS did office for iOS i would get it

Skyhawker said,
I really don't think there'll be an linux (Android) version

That made me think: Why didn't Google create a Google Docs app for Android?

dave164 said,
That would be awesome, but I'm afraid that it would take a selling point away from WP7.

Yeah I'm thinking the same thing. One of the major reasons why someone would want to goto WP7 over any other smartphone is the solid inter-polarity between mobile office and desktop office. Office is the definitive software for business. It is so ubiquitous that it really gives Microsoft a sharp advantage if they play their cards right.

But this is another sign of change from Microsoft that we are seeing. They keep asserting that they are a software company and therefore it is in their best interest to make software that sells. They also have a lot of platforms they are trying to promote...

idk..but it will be interesting to see what they release and how it compares to Mobile Office on WP7.

dave164 said,
That would be awesome, but I'm afraid that it would take a selling point away from WP7.

You realize they would make Office Mobile the best on WP7, right?

Just like how Office for Mac is terrible compared to the PC version.

andrewbares said,

You realize they would make Office Mobile the best on WP7, right?

Just like how Office for Mac is terrible compared to the PC version.

Office for Mac isn't terrible. Exaggerate much? I prefer Office 2008 Mac over Office 2007. Why do you think it is oh-so terrible? MS did a good job with it. I certainly haven't had any compatibility problems between my work documents and spreadsheets between my Windows PC and Mac.