Microsoft: Office for iOS-Android rumor is "not accurate"

Earlier today, a number of websites, including Neowin, posted up news that Microsoft had confirmed that a version of its Office productivity software suite was coming to the iOS and Android platforms. The news came at first from a local Czech Republic web site, which claimed that they were told by Microsoft's Peter Bobek that the launch of Office for both mobile platforms would happen in March 2013.

Now Microsoft is doing some damage control. The head of its corporate communications division, Frank Shaw, posted up a message on his Twitter account, saying flat out, "The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share."

This post from Shaw is a lot stronger than a previous statement sent to Neowin from Microsoft, which said, " ... 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."

There have been tons of rumors in the past about Microsoft launching an iOS version of Office. In February, The Daily reported, complete with images, that Microsoft was working on an Office port for the iPad, but such a port has yet to materialize.

Source: Frank Shaw Twitter page

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Yea right... I surely trust a "slipped info" by Microsoft more than their dismissal.

Of course they will try to hide any info about it until Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have been on sale long enough.

GS:mac

Of cause it's not accurate, it's all but confirmed for iOS and any Android version is an Android fans pipe dream (i.e. it's never gonna happen). I think it's safe to assume, he just means yeah it's coming (at some point) to iOS but an Android version is not gonna happen. Well that is my 2 cents, so take with a grain of salt.

Xerxes said,
Of cause it's not accurate, it's all but confirmed for iOS and any Android version is an Android fans pipe dream (i.e. it's never gonna happen).

Source? Because it's strange the way you speak with such confidence yet end with "take with a grain of salt". It's sounds like you just wanted to bash the Android platform for the sake of it.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Source? Because it's strange the way you speak with such confidence yet end with "take with a grain of salt". It's sounds like you just wanted to bash the Android platform for the sake of it.

Office for iOS has been a long standing rumour and it makes alot of sense for MS to do it, considering the iPad is the leading tablet they'd stand to make a tidy profit off iPad sales alone. Any sales made off their own Win8 Tablet platform would be the icing on the cake. I'm not bashing Android (Android if my platform of choice, have both an Android phone and tablet) but MS supporting Android [with Office] makes no business sense. Why back second place when you can back the winner? (in the tablet space).

EDIT: Not to mention places like schools and other education institutes are pretty much almost completely iPad exclusive, I'm sure those places would jump to get a proper version of MS Office running on their iPads. Android just doesn't have enough of a tablet presence to make it worth the headaches to get it running on the myriad of Android tablets out there.

Edited by Xerxes, Oct 11 2012, 9:29am :

It will come sooner or later. Microsoft don't want to be loosing their monopoly on the Office Suite market - that would be the end to the current Microsoft we know of.

Seems they know the impact it will have on Windows 8 sales and are trying to save their big launch. I'd place bets that it will still come in the alleged time frame, still plenty of time for W8 to tank!