Rumor: Microsoft Office for iOS and Android not coming until October 2014

There have been tons of rumors about Microsoft creating a version of its highly successful Office software for iOS and Android devices. Recent rumors claimed that Microsoft would launch Office for those mobile operating systems sometime in April 2013.

Now a new report claims iOS and Android product owners may have a much longer wait to get native Office software from Microsoft. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley claims she has received an internal road map from Microsoft via an unnamed source about their future Office releases, which has the code name "Gemini."

In short, Foley claims that this road map shows a October 2014 launch date for Office on iOS and Android, a whopping 18 months away. This same Gemini road map also shows that a version of Outlook for Windows RT won't be launched until that same time period. Recently reports claim that Microsoft is letting outsiders test a version of Outlook RT.

In the near future, this leaked road map claims that October 2013 will bring Modern-style Windows 8 Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as a supplement to the already available desktop versions in Office 2013. April 2014 is supposed to bring a new version of Office for Mac users, new versions of Office on Windows RT and Windows Phone and a version of Office made specifically for Microsoft's large Perceptive Pixel monitors.

This leaked roadmap, if accurate, would seem to fly in the face of previous rumors that Office for iOS and Android are in fact very close to launching. As they usually do with these kinds of unofficial leaks, a Microsoft spokesperson stated, "We don’t have any information to share about the next set of updates to Office."

Source: ZDNet

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Hello,

I find it unlikely that Microsoft would release full-fledged versions of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android. Although this would generate some additional revenue, it would cannibalize sales of Windows in the long term.

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Aryeh Goretsky

To be honest.. I think it is too late for them anyway.. Most people have already found alternative solutions for this.. Just my two cents.. If MS goes a fantastic job with people uploading their docs to a cloud and seamless open it on your mobile device.. i think it would be a hit

Fus10n said,
To be honest.. I think it is too late for them anyway.. Most people have already found alternative solutions for this.. Just my two cents.. If MS goes a fantastic job with people uploading their docs to a cloud and seamless open it on your mobile device.. i think it would be a hit

They have this already working with office on WP in combination with skydrive and Office 2013 on Win8/RT
They all standard save to SkyDrive, and you just access them on any device

I'd be willing to bet that their contingency plan, had the surface failed, would be to release Office for iOS in early 2013. But seeing how quickly businesses are gravitating to the surface pro, they can (and are) affording to wait.

Microsoft only sold about a 1,5 million Surfaces, including the Pro. Not to mention the apparently high level of returns. Yeah, businesses are sure gravitating towards it en masse!

Edited by .Neo, Apr 10 2013, 9:53pm :

The other rumor is that this rumor is just a rumor.

And I see MS giving the competetion the upper hand by providing Office to their competition, and that is a rumor as well.

Not a fanboi, just someone who enjoys using Win8/RT on my SurfaceRT, Surface Pro, and desktop computers. But we know how it works, if you lash out at every chance you get like your little friend here WW, that means you are just giving your honest opinion. While people who find they are using their computers in new ways that they were not able to before, able to create new software to enable different scenarios but still able to use older software and be productive with it, and just plain enjoy using Win8/RT, they are fanbois who must be mocked - something warwagon has become very good at.

RommelS said,
The other rumor is that this rumor is just a rumor.

And I see MS giving the competetion the upper hand by providing Office to their competition, and that is a rumor as well.


This is true although ignoring a large segment of potential users means missing sales.

What is a M$? Oh, that's right, I forgot. It is fine for companies like App£€ or Goog£€ to make billions, but Microsoft does and it means they are a greedy corporation that likes to steal money from the poor, unsuspecting 1%er people of the world with their poorly written software, while App£€ has nothing but good will in their heart for the people of the earth.

SoylentG said,
What is a M$? Oh, that's right, I forgot. It is fine for companies like App£€ or Goog£€ to make billions, but Microsoft does and it means they are a greedy corporation that likes to steal money from the poor, unsuspecting 1%er people of the world with their poorly written software, while App£€ has nothing but good will in their heart for the people of the earth.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who want to exist in a world where Microsoft does not exist. These are people who use Apple/Linux products, not because they're Apple or open-source, but because they're not Microsoft.

They will provide you no reasoning for this desire. They simply dislike Microsoft, and wish for them to not have success on the platforms they've "escaped" to.

Joshie said,

Believe it or not, there are people out there who want to exist in a world where Microsoft does not exist. These are people who use Apple/Linux products, not because they're Apple or open-source, but because they're not Microsoft.

They will provide you no reasoning for this desire. They simply dislike Microsoft, and wish for them to not have success on the platforms they've "escaped" to.

And the same can be said about people hating Apple or Google.... nothing new. The mother of blind zealots is always pregnant.

Joshie said,

Believe it or not, there are people out there who want to exist in a world where Microsoft does not exist. These are people who use Apple/Linux products, not because they're Apple or open-source, but because they're not Microsoft.

They will provide you no reasoning for this desire. They simply dislike Microsoft, and wish for them to not have success on the platforms they've "escaped" to.

Trust me, I know everything you wrote very well.

I really don't understand why it would take so long. Then again, the iPad has been available for three years now so its obvious that Microsoft is slow to respond to the market.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I really don't understand why it would take so long. Then again, the iPad has been available for three years now so its obvious that Microsoft is slow to respond to the market.
Had you been holding the reins over there in the Office Division you would lead the team to create a "Office" for iOS & Android in less time? Seriously, it's like people think software just pops out of a microwave. I can't imagine the engineering involved in taking *the* benchmark in productivity software and creating a viable, useful, and compelling companion on two new OS's (one of which is a nightmare).

MrHumpty said,
Had you been holding the reins over there in the Office Division you would lead the team to create a "Office" for iOS & Android in less time?

You're seriously trying to tell me that it takes four and a half years to develop a touch-optimised version of Office? If so then I really don't know what to say.

theyarecomingforyou said,
You're seriously trying to tell me that it takes four and a half years to develop a touch-optimised version of Office? If so then I really don't know what to say.

First off, the first few iphones wouldn't have been able to run a viable "office" up to the standards of the iconic productivity software. More importantly, using office on a phone is not a very useful tool, I've had it on windows phone and it's tolerable when needed but barely a necessity. So the value to be created is minimal making the revenue from such an endeavor limited making it a non-starter when investing capital into the project.

The same could be said for the first ipads. They just didn't have the horsepower to be a viable touch office environment.

So, if MS didn't care about showing reasonable returns on investments they could have engineered something on those machines some 5 years ago. My guess is there was no market for it back then. Now, there is a probably a market since there are so many tablets out there.

Had MS had some competition to worry about they may have acted sooner but there is nothing that touches Office.

Not only those points. But they would have to have a means of distributing those items in a fashion that avoided the 30% tax to apple for apples store services. Now with office 365 and their subscription services you can buy office for your ipad on office 365 and install a "free" version of office on your ipad that you sign into. At least, that's what I imagine they are doing now.

Moral of the story, the ability to build the software is not in question, the business case and support services weren't in place until just recently. But then again, that level of thought is missing on these types of forums.