Office Mobile for Android and iOS details leak

We've heard it has been in the pipeline for a while, but now thanks to The Verge we are getting some concrete evidence that a version of Office 2013 is coming to both iOS and Android in 2013. Citing several unnamed sources, Office Mobile will be coming to iOS - presumably for both the iPhone and iPad at the same time - in February or March 2013, with an Android version to follow in May.

The apps for Office Mobile will all be free, and will easily allow the viewing of Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on the fly, so long as you have logged in using your Microsoft Account. If you want to add editing to the apps, you will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription, which is of course different to the fully free offering available on the Surface and other Windows RT devices, as well as Windows Phone.

A few screenshots were leaked as well for Office Mobile, with all three versions (iPhone, Android and iPad) seemingly previewed, albeit with barely any details other than features we assumed would be included. Look out for an official announcement of Office Mobile soon, as Microsoft gears up for the full launch of Office 2013 early next year.

Source: The Verge

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Smartglass being released is actually, well smart (sorry ;-)) - the Xbox is owned by a lot of non-Microsoft OS users. With Office you may have a point. That been said, Microsoft have do have to do something to counter the activities of the mobile office software companies out there.

Its the integration between Office, W8, and Skydrive that will be key. And with W8, they already have the integration of Skydrive and the OS down pat. Add in Office and there may well be strong appeal and demand for a fully integrated OS and Office/Storage services that only comes with the W8 environment.

What a wasted opportunity for Microsoft. They are struggling with Windows Phone and to further cannibalize the sale of WP8 they are going to release Office and Smartglass for other mobile platforms. These two apps could have made a huge difference in competing with Android and iPhones.

Gungel said,
What a wasted opportunity for Microsoft. They are struggling with Windows Phone and to further cannibalize the sale of WP8 they are going to release Office and Smartglass for other mobile platforms. These two apps could have made a huge difference in competing with Android and iPhones.

Smartglass being released is actually, well smart (sorry ;-)) - the Xbox is owned by a lot of non-Microsoft OS users. With Office you may have a point. That been said, Microsoft have do have to do something to counter the activities of the mobile office software companies out there.

Its the integration between Office, W8, and Skydrive that will be key. And with W8, they already have the integration of Skydrive and the OS down pat. Add in Office and there may well be strong appeal and demand for a fully integrated OS and Office/Storage services that only comes with the W8 environment.

unless they sell it with unlimited activations on devices office 365 may be better than 2013 due to people upgrading their phones every year or so. A full copy every 2yrs would cost a lot. Who knows what their terms and conditions will be though.

A 7" windows rt tablet would be great, you could get office with no subscription that way.

We need to stop with this BS about "leak" its nothing more than controlled marketing and PR by MS. They just gave it to the verge and they add Leak to the title to make it look him and hot. Please, MS needs to stop this non-sense.

Mr. Dee said,
We need to stop with this BS about "leak" its nothing more than controlled marketing and PR by MS. They just gave it to the verge and they add Leak to the title to make it look him and hot. Please, MS needs to stop this non-sense.

Exactly.
It's not a leak if a major profile website puts this up with their own branding first and may leave it on there.

Barely anything leaks anymore from Microsoft nowadays.

GS:mac

With the subscription being so cheap RT devices and WP don't really have an advantage over ios or androids. Seems MS just gave people even less reason to buy their tablet or phone.

That with a slow IE browser in the Windows RT tablets (previous benchmark posting on Neowin gave that info). I agree, no reason to buy MS hardware. Then again MS is not known for their PC hardware anyway just mice and keyboards and webcams.

efjay said,
With the subscription being so cheap RT devices and WP don't really have an advantage over ios or androids. Seems MS just gave people even less reason to buy their tablet or phone.

efjay said,
With the subscription being so cheap RT devices and WP don't really have an advantage over ios or androids. Seems MS just gave people even less reason to buy their tablet or phone.

Either way, Microsoft is being paid and that's what they care about.

NeoPogo said,
That with a slow IE browser in the Windows RT tablets (previous benchmark posting on Neowin gave that info). I agree, no reason to buy MS hardware. Then again MS is not known for their PC hardware anyway just mice and keyboards and webcams.

Stop smoking the crap others do, these performance benchmark don't do so great because they are mostly based on webkit engine. Also the specified benchmark you are most likely refering to "peacekeeping" skips most of the test for IE and I don't see how it's doing a fair job with showing actual real life performance.... Those of us that Use IE10 know that it's the fastest browser out there. I used to use Chrome for it's speed but after I got 8 and IE10 I have no need for it. It's just amazingly fast!

efjay said,
With the subscription being so cheap RT devices and WP don't really have an advantage over ios or androids. Seems MS just gave people even less reason to buy their tablet or phone.

When I heard about Office (their crown jewels) being made available on iOS and Android I thought the same. But what they have done is smart. An online version of office is the most flexible and easiest version to use and it doesn't stop you saving files to the cloud. What MS has done is provide an Office document viewer and given people the chance to log onto Office 365 (for a fee). Its a great move because some people were using Office competitor apps on these platforms and may not have had a live account. By getting people to login to the MS cloud solution you have the ability to offer additional services and you may have just gained a significant increase in potential customers.

The value proposition of buying a Surface has not been affected at all because unless you are on Wifi downloading over cellular is not going to be as good as a local app. Also the Office 365 app has far fewer features than the full app.

eiffel_g said,
Hmm... Office 2013, but in photos - PowerPoint 2011 ?

the name of the file refer to PowerPoint 2011, but the interface of the app and all the icons are those you find in Office 2013.

PS, Good move, to monetize on the other platform, preserving your own mobile operative system

sanke1 said,
Do I sense a wasted opportunity? Subscribing to Office 365 would not be that cheap.

Its cheap when you figure in the cost of licensing over x amount of devices you can use it on, but pricey if you just need one.

sanke1 said,
Do I sense a wasted opportunity? Subscribing to Office 365 would not be that cheap.

The wasted opportunity was buying an iPhone or Android

PmRd said,

Yes

Well like millions of others I like my Android phone, maybe people have consecutively shunned MS' mobile efforts for a reason.

thealexweb said,

Well like millions of others I like my Android phone, maybe people have consecutively shunned MS' mobile efforts for a reason.

Good for you, enjoy your ads, fragmentation, lag and spyware

PmRd said,

Good for you, enjoy your ads, fragmentation, lag and spyware

I have a system wide ad blocker, no ads in apps or web browsing and i haven't seen an ad since 2011. My HTC Android is from 2010 yet I'm running Jelly Bean will all the newest apps from Google and it is completely lag free, even with it's single core 1Ghz CPU. As for Spyware, yeh never bothered with it

PmRd said,
The wasted opportunity was buying an iPhone or Android

Investing in a dying platform with hardly any app support (Windows Phone 7.5) was clearly the best solution... /s

thealexweb said,

I have a system wide ad blocker, no ads in apps or web browsing and i haven't seen an ad since 2011. My HTC Android is from 2010 yet I'm running Jelly Bean will all the newest apps from Google and it is completely lag free, even with it's single core 1Ghz CPU. As for Spyware, yeh never bothered with it


In all fairness, I'm an XDA regular, and the hackware community (I'm guessing you're on either PA, AOKP, or CM10?) has ludicrously shifty standards of performance.

Any ROM's thread will have a wave of posters after every new build praising it for running like a dream, being blazing fast, smooth as silk, etc. I don't know how many degrees of "blazing fast" there can possibly be, but I'm pretty sure we're at the square of the speed of light by now, for all the hyperbole and smoke blown by Android enthusiasts.

I seriously doubt your 2010 handset is running Jellybean "lag free". It may be smoother than other builds you've tried, and you may be dismissing certain types of lag as results of factors that you don't want to lay at Android's doorstep, but to call any 1GHz Android device "lag free" is disingenuous.

Joshie said,

snip

Well my definition of lag-free would be this: there isn't time to notice any delays, stuff just happens in a snap. it's the fastest device I ever used, much faster than my iPhone was.

thealexweb said,

Well my definition of lag-free would be this: there isn't time to notice any delays, stuff just happens in a snap. it's the fastest device I ever used, much faster than my iPhone was.

The question is, can you pass the CM7 test:

Clean wipe your device and install CM7 on it. If it in any way feels even faster, then there's your [anecdotal, at least] evidence of lag.

Joshie said,

The question is, can you pass the CM7 test:

Clean wipe your device and install CM7 on it. If it in any way feels even faster, then there's your [anecdotal, at least] evidence of lag.

Do you mean CyanogenMod7?

PmRd said,

Good for you, enjoy your ads, fragmentation, lag and spyware

Microsoft fanboism has reached new heights at Neowin.

sanke1 said,

Microsoft fanboism has reached new heights at Neowin.

As an ex-android user I know I'm just telling the truth

spudtrooper said,
Its cheap when you figure in the cost of licensing over x amount of devices you can use it on, but pricey if you just need one.

Kingsoft Office is cheap, get that right. MS Office is not cheap it sets the "standard" price rate with which other companies compete.

sanke1 said,

Microsoft fanboism has reached new heights at Neowin.

This x 9001, you get treated like a criminal if you don't pull the company line and have a Windows Phone, so annoying.

PmRd said,

As an ex-android user I know I'm just telling the truth


As a current Android user, I know otherwise.
Clearly, your application installation habits are quite bad.

PmRd said,

Good for you, enjoy your ads, fragmentation, lag and spyware


I've had my Sony Xperia S for 2 years and nothing going on. I like using widgets which all other phones doesn't deliver that fast.