The Daily defends Microsoft Office on iPad story [Update]

Earlier today The Daily web site ran a story that claimed Microsoft was closing to completing a port of Microsoft Office for the iPad. It even showed an image of what looked like the front page of the application running on Apple's iPad. Later, ZDNet reported that a spokesperson for Microsoft said that the image The Daily posted was in fact a hoax.

Now The Daily is defending itself via one of its team members. Peter Ha, the web site's tech and apps editor, posted up a note on his Twitter page that said, "For the record: the image that accompanies our Office for iPad story is not fake."

He also posted up a link to another image which seems to show the Microsoft Office iPad icon running on an AT&T version of Apple's tablet. Ha posted another message on his Twitter that said, "Want to dispute this one too, @microsoft?" He also responded to a Twitter message from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley which said, "we did not fabricate either image. A working version of the app was demoed to us by someone at Microsoft."

It also sounds like this isn't the last we have heard from The Daily on this story. Ha posted yet another Twitter message that said, "If @Microsoft is pissed about what we published today on @Office for iPad, they likely won't be happy with our follow up."

Update - Microsoft's official news Twitter page has posted up a response, stating, "Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the 'coming weeks.'"

Image via The Daily

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Interesting update from MS. So basically we will know 'in the coming weeks' that this is as fake as they say it is? How are we suppose to know this unless they release the real deal for iPad and it looks nothing like the image?

Shadrack said,
Interesting update from MS. So basically we will know 'in the coming weeks' that this is as fake as they say it is? How are we suppose to know this unless they release the real deal for iPad and it looks nothing like the image?

Or you could actually think about it for a few seconds; a Office 365 local application that hooks into the Office 365 online service. I would have thought it was plainly obvious.

ahhell said,
Fake story from ZDnet??

NO WAY!!!

Uh, ZDNet are the ones reporting that it might be a false story. The Daily are the ones who wrote it.

Why would MS demo an app to a member of the "press" and then deny the app exists. It doesn't make any sense. Sounds like "The Daily" is trying to sound relevant.

That outfit has a lot more to gain by making stories about Office for iPad something than Microsoft does. This Peter Ha guy's attitude ensures that even if MS did "demo the app" to his shady tablet newspaper, they'd never do it again.

I'm not denying that there may be an Office in development for iPad. I'm just asking, why would MS show it to these guys and not a more reputable news outlet?

Enron said,
Why would MS demo an app to a member of the "press" and then deny the app exists. It doesn't make any sense. Sounds like "The Daily" is trying to sound relevant.

That outfit has a lot more to gain by making stories about Office for iPad something than Microsoft does. This Peter Ha guy's attitude ensures that even if MS did "demo the app" to his shady tablet newspaper, they'd never do it again.

I'm not denying that there may be an Office in development for iPad. I'm just asking, why would MS show it to these guys and not a more reputable news outlet?


Agreed.

Rohdekill said,
No trademark or copyright symbol? Obvious fake.
Huh? No app icon on my iPhone 4 or iPad 2 has any trademark or copyright symbol including App Store, Safari, YouTube, Chase, or The Weather Channel. Clearly this is no indicator to go by.

Rohdekill said,
No trademark or copyright symbol? Obvious fake.
In any medium, icons rarely have that symbol. It makes no sense to do so.

cybertimber2008 said,
Would Microsoft just call it "office" though? Really?

It's what fits into the space given for an app name on the iOS springboard.

cybertimber2008 said,
Would Microsoft just call it "office" though? Really?

I'm not sure if they'd be able to use that name when published on the App Store, but you can call it whatever you like when you are developing it

Shadrack said,
Microsoft says that image is a fake, this guy says it is not. Clearly someone is lying.

Someone may very well be lying however that someone is is not clear. Someone is clearly incorrect but giving incorrect information is not lying unless you know that information to be incorrect. If both parties believe what they say is true (right or wrong) then no one is lying even though one of them is wrong.

n_K said,
Making a blank app that displays a logo takes about 20 seconds...

I don't see why they would defend it so vigoursly? I mean they've achieved what they wanted - lots of page hits. If they did fake it then it would make sense for them not to say anything rather than publicly defending the images

n_K said,
Making a blank app that displays a logo takes about 20 seconds...

And it doesn't even have to be an App. Might as well be a picture of the logo.