Office for iPad finished, coming November 10?

Following up on rumors that Microsoft Office for Android and iOS would see a November release date, The Daily now says that the iPad version of Microsoft's venerable office suite will see a November 10th release date, and that the development team finished work on the suite sometime last month.

Now, The Daily says, it's in the hands of the usability team, which is examining the app for 'Metro compliance,' and it'll be sent to Apple for review very soon. If previous reports from BGR are right, Office for Android will be getting released on the same date.

Back in February we're reported on another Office related rumor courtesy of The Daily, who published a screenshot of the app running on an iPad, which Microsoft called fake. Either The Daily has a really well placed informant and Microsoft is lying, or The Daily has a not so well placed source. Unless, of course, Microsoft is the source.

Source: The Daily

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I suspect Office for iPad will have limited functionality (about the same as iWorks for iPad as far as functionality goes). If I can open Word documents, leave comments on the document, save the document and have it retain all of the fancy formatting our report template has in it then I will be pleased. I'm not betting on it, however.

That's a shame, because Keynote is actually the one I liked most on OS X. Pages and Numbers were the ones I skipped.

Enron said,
That's a shame, because Keynote is actually the one I liked most on OS X. Pages and Numbers were the ones I skipped.

I don't want to come across as defending everything, but I haven't had any problems with Pages on my iPad. I use it a lot, and sometimes it crashes, but all in all it works fairly well. Office may well be better, we'll just have to see, but until then Pages suits me fine. I'm not really sure what people have against it, other than the occasional stability issues and some learning curve on the UI (took me forever to figure out how to redo).

The King of GnG said,
A PC doesn't need an additional keyboard. A keyboard isn't an "accessory", it's a fundamental interaction device /
Tablet != PC -.- ...

Leo (DerpDerp) said,
Want to bet it's gonna be plastered with Metro crap?

you're going to eat your words when people realize this thing actually does work, unlike iWork (pun intended)

FalseAgent said,

you're going to eat your words when people realize this thing actually does work, unlike iWork (pun intended)

This article was written in iWork for iPad And polished on a Windows 7 PC...

Leo (DerpDerp) said,
Want to bet it's gonna be plastered with Metro crap?

Obviously couldn't be bothered to read the 5 sentence article before rushing to moan about it. Derp

Leo (DerpDerp) said,
Want to bet it's gonna be plastered with Metro crap?

Which will work really well on a tablet device

.Neo said,
Why wait so long with the release if it's finished now?

Probably don't want to release it before Windows 8.

.Neo said,
Why wait so long with the release if it's finished now?

Could be a matter of marketing, rather than it being done. EDIT: What Rfirth said.

Edited by THolman, May 31 2012, 5:49pm :

what said,
TIL it takes over 5 months to push out a digital product.

they are going to wait till windows 8 and support their own products first.. Everyone complains about microsoft not supporting other platforms enough yet Google still has not released anything for Windows Phone Yet (except a website app).. Apple has not released anything for Windows or Windows Phone (except crappy iTunes) .. Microsoft can do what they want with their products and dont have to support other companies products if they are not returning the love at all.

Lachlan said,

they are going to wait till windows 8 and support their own products first.. Everyone complains about microsoft not supporting other platforms enough yet Google still has not released anything for Windows Phone Yet (except a website app).. Apple has not released anything for Windows or Windows Phone (except crappy iTunes) .. Microsoft can do what they want with their products and dont have to support other companies products if they are not returning the love at all.

Wow. It has absolutely nothing to do with "love" or I'll scratch your back if you scratch my back. All this has to do with is profits, as it is for everyone. Microsoft didn't make Office for iPad because they wanted to do Apple a favor just like Apple didn't release iTunes for Windows because they wanted to do Microsoft a favor. Both did what they did for the money.

Shadrack said,

Wow. It has absolutely nothing to do with "love" or I'll scratch your back if you scratch my back. All this has to do with is profits,.

exactly.. and thats why its so dumb when people say for microsoft to release it for the ipad now.. what will that gain for them? More people will switch from windows to use and ipad and will lower microsofts profits.. Why not wait till windows 8 is out and people can switch to that first but if they already have an ipad they will buy it when it is released to them..

Lachlan said,
exactly.. and thats why its so dumb when people say for microsoft to release it for the ipad now.. what will that gain for them?

Considering the tens of millions of iPads out there they'll gain a lot of revenue.