Office reportedly to land on iOS and Android in November

 

Microsoft Office for the iPad has been rumored for some time. A few months back there was a leak of a supposed image of the platform running on iOS but that was quickly shrouded in controversy by Microsoft.

Step in BGR who has claimed that the Office suite will land on iPad and Android tablets in November but goes even further to say that it could come to all iOS devices as the product was labeled Office for iOS.

Other than the fact that it might land in November and is headed to Android, that’s all the new information we have for now. Office on the iPad is one of the few staple products that has yet to make the leap to iOS but Microsoft has ported some applicants to the platform like OneNote.

Microsoft Office is the ace in the sleeve for Microsoft as the productivity is, without a doubt, the de facto on the market. While there are competing products from Apple and even the open source community, neither has made even a marginal dent in Office’s marketshare.

Until we hear anymore news, November is the month of Office on the iPad. If true, it will be a key turning point for the platform as it will make using the tablet as a true laptop replacement, a bit easier to swallow.  

The image above is from The Daily, but we should point out that Microsoft did say the image was fake

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You have to realize that iPhones and Android devices, as well as Windows Phone for that matter, are not well adapted for typing documents or designing spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations.

What I could see happening however is Microsoft offering Office 365, Office for Mac / Windows, and providing an app and license for Android or iOS (phone or iPad) use if the user utilizes SkyDrive for managing documents. The "cloud" has sufficient computation power to render complex spreadsheets, for instance, whereas a mobile phone may not.

I find it hard to believe that they would release it for Android. Its one of the main reasons a lot of companies still keep Windows around. If Microsoft ever released Office for Android, it is just one more reason to not invest in a Windows license.

At least Microsoft is not just taking money from Android phone makers to hoard, they are at least giving something back. Kudos Microsoft! Its nice to see you play nice with other platforms.

I am betting its just an remake of Office for ARM devices as both iOS and Android use ARM based CPU/GPU.

Realistically Microsoft has to hedge their bets on the possibility that 10 years from now that Windows will no longer hold enough market share for them to rely on it for their other products. So this doesn't surprise me at all - even if it does reduce the appeal of a Windows RT tablet.

The productivity apps Apple made for ios simply suck compared to Office. What I want to know is how close is it going to be to.desktop versioms. Bec the phome version only allows editing of text.

"Microsoft Office is the ace in the sleeve for Microsoft"

LOL ace in the sleeve? more like the gun in their pocket that's going to fire and hit them on their own foot. Let's see, exchange billions in revenue for themselves with peanuts and a 30% split with apple at the cost of their future in tablets....err, then again MSFT IS that dumb.

neonspark said,
"Microsoft Office is the ace in the sleeve for Microsoft"

LOL ace in the sleeve? more like the gun in their pocket that's going to fire and hit them on their own foot. Let's see, exchange billions in revenue for themselves with peanuts and a 30% split with apple at the cost of their future in tablets....err, then again MSFT IS that dumb.

Because they're totally going to stop selling the desktop versions that will make the most money. /s

Manish said,

Why not?

why would microsoft care about android when google doesn't care about windows phone the Treatment should be the same

subcld said,

why would microsoft care about android when google doesn't care about windows phone the Treatment should be the same

Microsoft and Google both go to where the users are. And the fact is the users aren't on Windows Phone.

Recall that Google Chrome came to Windows first and was exclusive for quite some time. Why do you think that is?

Denis W said,

Pettiness is not smart business.


stupid and arrogant comments always comes from arrogant & stupid user like you

I cannot believe Microsoft would actually be (sorry for the lack of better word) idiotic enough to release an iOS or Android adapted version of Microsoft Office when they actively refused to create a Metro specific one.

Even though the "desktop mode" and Metro-ified version to be released for Windows 8 will be more complete and powerful, not providing a fully Metro compliant version is an extremely bad decision. It severely underestimates the disruption it is causing to Metro users trying to evolve in a "touch-first" ecosystem.

Any Metro activity that reverts to the "desktop mode" is a disruption.

I know. That iPad version looks like what a Metro version would look like.

I think Microsoft is working on a Metro version... just not talking about it.

I agree with rfirth. They'll probably have a special Metro version of Office too if they do end up creating iOS and Android versions. They may release it at the same time, or stagger the iOS and Android release to get people hooked on Windows 8 first. It's something so sensible that I'm quite sure Microsoft wouldn't miss the mark on this.

Why do I get the feeling it'll be overpriced, crippled and a real motivator to just use something else. I've used Outlook for years and now find myself going to it less and less, Google Calendar is now my goto calendar, can't say I'm in love with the privacy and other concerns. BUT if MS and can do this right, It would be really nice to have again.

Of course hoping my Business Contact Manager for Outlook would work is a pipe dream.

Hahaiah said,
Why do I get the feeling it'll be overpriced, crippled and a real motivator to just use something else. I've used Outlook for years and now find myself going to it less and less, Google Calendar is now my goto calendar, can't say I'm in love with the privacy and other concerns. BUT if MS and can do this right, It would be really nice to have again.

Of course hoping my Business Contact Manager for Outlook would work is a pipe dream.

I have the same feeling. For anything more than the most basic Word documents, it probably won't render correctly. And working on a document on iPad and then opening the document on the desktop just to find all the formatting, special characters, and auto-fields have been completely mangled.

Given the complexity of my work's "report template", I doubt Office for iPad will be all that useful to me.

If page headers and footers work correctly, I'll be shocked.

Shadrack said,

I have the same feeling. For anything more than the most basic Word documents, it probably won't render correctly. And working on a document on iPad and then opening the document on the desktop just to find all the formatting, special characters, and auto-fields have been completely mangled.

Given the complexity of my work's "report template", I doubt Office for iPad will be all that useful to me.

If page headers and footers work correctly, I'll be shocked.

Why do you say that? Office Web Apps do a pretty good job retaining document fidelity. So does Office for Mac. So why wouldn't it be the same with iOS apps?

It's Google Docs that f's up your documents.

spc1972 said,
So, $50 on iOS but free on Windows RT? ;-)

According to some sources a Windows RT license costs $100, probably because it includes an Office license.

thealexweb said,

According to some sources a Windows RT license costs $100, probably because it includes an Office license.

Sorry, I should have said "free" on Windows RT!

If reasonably priced I'd buy the Android version. I already use their Hotmail and OneNote apps on my Droid 2. What I'd really like first though is an official SkyDrive app (yes, I know there are many 3rd party ones)

Morden said,
why publish on Android? don't MS have enough warez version already?

Because following the platform with a lot (the most?) users is generally a good idea.

Morden said,
why publish on Android? don't MS have enough warez version already?

Because Office sales generate more revenues than Windows OS sales?

Morden said,
why publish on Android? don't MS have enough warez version already?

Might it be because Office sales generate more revenues than Windows OS sales?

Fritzly said,

Because Office sales generate more revenues than Windows OS sales?

Well that wouldn't be the same on mobile platforms.

Office cost twice as much as a Windows license. You can but Windows 7 Professional for 299.99 retail, but a retail copy of office will cost you $499 for the full suite. But you get other Aoffice family items basically for free.

Office Mobile is free since Windows Mobile 6.5 for any Windows device and MS already stated Office would be included with ARM based tablets from PC OEM's.

I want to know how much office would be for mobile device. Office for iOS would be considerably different on iPad vs iPhone. Likely the iPhone version would be a lot like what is found on Windows Phone while the iPad version will likely be a stripped down desktop version.

Fritzly said,

Might it be because Office sales generate more revenues than Windows OS sales?

As a single product, Windows still makes more money vs Office as standalone applications. The only advantge office has is that one version can be used on multiple versions of Windows which means users can upgtrade office and not upgrade Windows to still use ut.

However Microsoft breaks down their products into groups. Office is part of the business group that incompasses other products, not just Office alone. The Windows Client for consumers is not in the same as Windows Server and is not in the same group. If you grouped Windows Server and Client together, Windows still sells more vs Office overall. Without Windows Microsoft would not exist as their business model is based on it 100%.

Windows is still Microsoft flagship product and makes the most of their money.
http://www.tannerhelland.com/3...crosoft-money-updated-2011/

TechieXP said,

As a single product, Windows still makes more money vs Office as standalone applications. The only advantge office has is that one version can be used on multiple versions of Windows which means users can upgtrade office and not upgrade Windows to still use ut.

However Microsoft breaks down their products into groups. Office is part of the business group that incompasses other products, not just Office alone. The Windows Client for consumers is not in the same as Windows Server and is not in the same group. If you grouped Windows Server and Client together, Windows still sells more vs Office overall. Without Windows Microsoft would not exist as their business model is based on it 100%.

Windows is still Microsoft flagship product and makes the most of their money.
http://www.tannerhelland.com/3...crosoft-money-updated-2011/

But you cannot sell Windows to an iPad or an Android user; on the other hand you can sell them a copy of Office.
Doing so will increase MS revenues exactly as selling Office for MAC.
Sales trend has proven that the lack of Office did not deter people to buy iPad or Android, that is the reason why it was a smart move by MS.
Besides I am referring to these so called Tablet devices not phones. On my Tablet I use Office 2010 not Office mobile.