Microsoft Office coming to iOS, Android in March 2013 [Update]

A Microsoft product manager has announced Office is coming to iOS and Android sometime next year.

At an event in the Czech Republic, Microsoft's Peter Bobek told INHED that the software will be launched in March and will be native to both platforms. Office 2013 will also be launched in the first quarter of next year, and Microsoft will then focus on bringing its productivity suite to other platforms.

Microsoft partners will receive Office 2013 in December, and the general public will see Office's next version released in February. Microsoft's Office 365 online software will be released around the same March time frame as the iOS and Android apps.

The news comes after Microsoft posted a job listing in July that hinted at a potential Office release for iOS. In that listing, Microsoft said it was working on its "next move on the Mac and iOS." In February, an image purported to be of Office running on an iPad was released, although Microsoft said the image was fake.

Neowin has contacted Microsoft seeking comment on the matter. This article will be updated if and when a response is received.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has issued the following response: "As we shared previously, Office Mobile will work across Windows Phones, Android phones and iOS, and we have nothing additional to announce today about retail availability of the new Office."

Via: The Verge
Source: INHED | Image via Microsoft

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For those folks, like myself, planning on subscribing to Office 365 for the $100 a year, this is great news. More devices to run Office on at no additional cost.

Thanks Microsoft!

smooth3006 said,
id never run this on android.
What an immature comment - if their product is better than all Office-like programs on Android or iOS, you still wouldn't use it? As an Android user myself, I have to stay just please stop trolling.

tsupersonic said,
What an immature comment - if their product is better than all Office-like programs on Android or iOS, you still wouldn't use it? As an Android user myself, I have to stay just please stop trolling.

so anyone who has a different opinion than you is trolling? you must be a regular at xda because that's their mentality too. whats wrong with me not liking microsoft office and preferring to run docs2go?

smooth3006 said,

so anyone who has a different opinion than you is trolling? you must be a regular at xda because that's their mentality too. whats wrong with me not liking microsoft office and preferring to run docs2go?

No, I'm not saying a different opinion = a troll. Also, I don't go on xda unless I want to download a ROM, otherwise I don't participate much in their forums. There's nothing wrong with you liking any other product, you just phrased it in such a manner that a troll would do. If you explained your statement, no one would pick on you, but it was just open for interpretation.

typical MSFT, the office divisions is killing the OS devision just to raise their yearly revenues. internal warfare = MSFT's own doom.

I'm a WinPhone user, and I'm happy with this idea. It shows Microsoft has an open, cross-platform company, and it goes with their "Device and Services" company direction. Just like how Office is available on Windows and Macs, it makes sense to have it on mobile platforms too. I just hope they charge for it for other platforms and keep it free for WinPhone users.

So here's my question, almost everybody will claim Office is not a real selling point, Xbox live is not a real selling point, Metro is not a real selling point, so can someone tell me what exactly is the selling point of Windows 8/RT/WP8? It seems to me you can have the benefit of MS services on other platforms along with the greater app selection, accessory support and consumer desire and will eventually be able to do anything on competing platforms that you can do on a Microsoft one so why would any averege person buy any of these MS products?

efjay said,
So here's my question, almost everybody will claim Office is not a real selling point, Xbox live is not a real selling point, Metro is not a real selling point, so can someone tell me what exactly is the selling point of Windows 8/RT/WP8? It seems to me you can have the benefit of MS services on other platforms along with the greater app selection, accessory support and consumer desire and will eventually be able to do anything on competing platforms that you can do on a Microsoft one so why would any averege person buy any of these MS products?
Interoperability.

Really is that simple.

This is needed because many organizations are running "BYOD" - bring your own device. If office isn't available on those devices people will migrate away. Smart move by Microsoft and the office experience on WP7 / WP8 is still superior to any android/ios interface..

Remember it always turns out better on Microsoft's native platform. The WP8 version will no doubt be better than the Android/iOS version

Scorpus said,
Remember it always turns out better on Microsoft's native platform. The WP8 version will no doubt be better than the Android/iOS version

the one note app on iOS is dam nice though

Scorpus said,
Remember it always turns out better on Microsoft's native platform. The WP8 version will no doubt be better than the Android/iOS version

If that's the case, I won't buy it for my iPad at all. I'm perfectly happy using the iWorks apps. It would be nice to have Microsoft Office, but if Microsoft cripples anything from it, I won't buy it.

WalterEgo404 said,

If that's the case, I won't buy it for my iPad at all. I'm perfectly happy using the iWorks apps. It would be nice to have Microsoft Office, but if Microsoft cripples anything from it, I won't buy it.

Why would you assume it's crippled? WP is a better platform and the experience will be better for Office as it will be more integrated. Though iFans would know nothing about integration....

WalterEgo404 said,

If that's the case, I won't buy it for my iPad at all. I'm perfectly happy using the iWorks apps. It would be nice to have Microsoft Office, but if Microsoft cripples anything from it, I won't buy it.
That is a completely stupid reason to not get it. If it did everything better than anything on iOS BUT it lacked one feature that was on Windows Phone you'd deliberately not buy it as a result? Cutting off your nose to spite your face? Or you too worried that your Windows Phone mates will laugh in your face with their many new features, hence you desperately wanting all the features so you can feel smug too?

Scorpus said,
Remember it always turns out better on Microsoft's native platform. The WP8 version will no doubt be better than the Android/iOS version

You havent compared OneNote on ios to the one on WP obviously.

efjay said,

You havent compared OneNote on ios to the one on WP obviously.

If iOS' OneNote is better than WP, WP's OneNote must be like notepad

siah1214 said,

Why would you assume it's crippled? WP is a better platform and the experience will be better for Office as it will be more integrated. Though iFans would know nothing about integration....

I assumed nothing. I was replying to someone's assumption.

testman said,
That is a completely stupid reason to not get it. If it did everything better than anything on iOS BUT it lacked one feature that was on Windows Phone you'd deliberately not buy it as a result? Cutting off your nose to spite your face? Or you too worried that your Windows Phone mates will laugh in your face with their many new features, hence you desperately wanting all the features so you can feel smug too?

But you forget something that I already said, I already have iWorks. So what would be the purpose of getting it if it didn't offer anything more. Smug has nothing to do with it. I happen to own all sorts of platforms. I am not a fan of anything. People are so quick to judge. Why would anyone want to be a fan of Google, Apple, or Microsoft? I pay them. They should be a fan of my needs.

duddit2 said,

the one note app on iOS is dam nice though

It is good, but it badly needs an update to take advantage of the iPad 3 retina display. I know looks are not everything, but it's pretty jarring going from the beautiful iPad resolution to seeing OneNote open and it looking like utter garbage.

Microsoft makes their money selling software. It makes sense to sell that software on anything that's big enough to make it worthwhile. That's what they've always done, and I'm sure they'll make a killing off of it.

THolman said,
Microsoft makes their money selling software. It makes sense to sell that software on anything that's big enough to make it worthwhile. That's what they've always done, and I'm sure they'll make a killing off of it.

This.

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.

That would be a terrible idea, just imagine....

MS: "so shareholders, we've decided to not offer up the worlds most used productivity suite on other mobile platforms"
Shareholders: "why"
MS: "because we're pig headed and want to behave like children"
Shareholders: "but that's a massive market that we're missing out on"
MS: "yeah but we can go 'ner ner' at them
shareholders: "can we replace these idiots please"

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.

That would have been stupid, iOS and Android are too big for Microsoft to ignore. They're not Apple, they don't have silly little tantrums because other people compete with them. I like the idea of Office being on Android but it being WP exclusive wouldn't change my preference for using Android.

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.

that's not the microsoft way, if someone wants to buy they are willing to sell and that's good - however i'm pretty curious the sales they can do on android as everyone does warez on that

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.

Let say I have no intention of buying Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 RT. I am perfectly happy with my iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III and my new iPad or Nexus 7. Microsoft already lost a potential sale by me. So why not capitalize on the Operating Systems has millions of users? Microsoft is doing right by their shareholders. Personally, I have a Nexus 7 and an iPad 3rd generation. I will buy it for my iPad. I figure it can't be more than $40 when it is released.

Also, do you think having Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Video on the Xbox is a bad idea then? Would you say Microsoft is crippling their services by adding these 3rd party video streaming services?

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.

Since Microsoft is going to cripple it on iOS or Android anyway with slowness, it won't matter.

sanke1 said,

Since Microsoft is going to cripple it on iOS or Android anyway with slowness, it won't matter.


the one note app is great on iOS

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.
What a stupid idea. How do you think they make Office ubiquitous? By offering it on all the major platforms. Offering it on Windows Phone only would be cutting off their nose to spite their face, especially as it's a very distant also-ran.

In other words, they can't afford to make it a Windows Phone exclusive.

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.

Oh Tom.... *sigh*

I for one would love to have a proper Office suite than try the many random alternative Office apps on the App Store (or Google Play) and do Russian Roulette wrt file compatibility.

sanke1 said,

Since Microsoft is going to cripple it on iOS or Android anyway with slowness, it won't matter.

iOS and Mac apps are perfectly fine, as for android they need to do something with the os to increase any kind of speed... or put in some 12 core cpu, it wont lag for the 10 minutes its battery will last

Tom said,
What a TERRIBLE idea. Should have kept it as a WP exclusive.
I suppose you also think they should have kept Windows exclusive to 'PC's, when they announced Windows for Mac. Get over it - Android and iOS are the dominant market, and Microsoft realizes that. They won't have numbers close to either platform anytime soon, so they realize if they want to sell Office, they have to open it up to Android and iOS. Bottom line is Microsoft is not Apple - they will provide services/software for other platforms without flinching.

Jub Fequois said,

Yeah, one less selling point.

So? Windows Phone's succes is far from assured. What what we can be sure of is the growth in numbers and growth of importance of mobile devices.

If Android stays on top and Microsoft refuses to bring Office to it, then another program will fill the gap. It will benefit from Android's growth to the number 1 mobile/tablet OS. Once Mobiles/tablets overtake the desktop market then Office will lose its top position in the consumer market.

Microsoft is making a daring move with WP8 and the new UI but their top selling products remain desktop Windows and Office. They're risking Windows but they can't afford to risk Office as well.

Ronnet said,

So? Windows Phone's succes is far from assured. What what we can be sure of is the growth in numbers and growth of importance of mobile devices.

If Android stays on top and Microsoft refuses to bring Office to it, then another program will fill the gap. It will benefit from Android's growth to the number 1 mobile/tablet OS. Once Mobiles/tablets overtake the desktop market then Office will lose its top position in the consumer market.

Microsoft is making a daring move with WP8 and the new UI but their top selling products remain desktop Windows and Office. They're risking Windows but they can't afford to risk Office as well.


Didn't say it was an inherently bad thing, just that it's one less selling point.