Microsoft Office said to be coming to Android and iOS in November
The November date presumably lines up with the launch of Windows 8 – Microsoft most likely plans to release tablet versions of its nearly ubiquitous office suite at a time when it ships for Windows 8 tablets (aka Windows RT). Frankly, this is a smart move all around. With tablets and smartphones rapidly eating into computer sales, Microsoft needs to transition Office (which has been a money cow for them for years) to the new mobile platforms, and they don’t have the luxury of placing all of their software eggs into one OS-basket this time around. At the same time, they don’t want to completely undercut Windows tablets before they can ship, so holding off on a release until the fall is a good strategic call.
BGR’s source has reportedly seen the iOS version of Office first hand, and indicates that it is identical to the original leaked images, suggesting that those were the Real McCoy after all. The source also indicated that the loading screen said “Office for iOS” rather than “Office for iPad”, raising the question of whether the suite will be made available on phones and iPod Touch devices as well as tablets.
Unfortunately we may have to wait until November to learn that. Or at least until the next leak…
6. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
"Android will have it in November."
have a newer version of quickoffice?:P
10. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Are you an idiot? I'm serious man you need to see a professional. It states in the freaking title, "Microsoft Office said to be coming to Android and iOS in November"
3. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
You really need to learn to read. It's mentioned in the title and the article that MS Office will be released on both Android and iOS, "not just for the iPad, but for Android as well this November."
28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"You really need to learn to read."
He is 30 year old, it maybe hard learn to read in such age.
13. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Either you're officially blind or don't know how to read English
16. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
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Moron douchebag. He's a Android troll Eyephg eyepan
14. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
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4. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Reading must not be your strong suit it says last line of the first paragraph last line
31. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
With a keyboard dock I wouldn't need a laptop anymore...... Or maybe I'll still keep my laptop for high-end gaming, like Diablo3?. :p
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
About time; however, it better not be the stupid 120 buck price.
7. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I doubt MS would do that. I'm guessing something more like $30 for an Office Suite containing Word, PowerPoint and Excel since it's a mobile version.
8. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
That price would only be justified if it were that incredibly better than anything else on the market.
12. mas11 (Posts: 1033; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Yeah that's twice the price of Quickoffice Pro, but I believe it will be the best. Microsoft Office is known as the best office program for desktops and that quality will probably be transferred to mobile devices. On the other hand, it is Microsoft we're talking about so it will be expensive.
17. Penny (Posts: 1361; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
$30 sounds reasonable. I wonder if Microsoft is going to offer it at a price (say $30) on iOS and Android, but include it for free on its own Windows 8 tablets. That's the way I would go about it if I were Microsoft, although they also have to be careful lest they be accused of monopolistic practices. I don't think it is unfair of them to do so as it is their product, but we know what happened in Europe when they bundled Internet Explorer with Windows.
19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
In this case they'd be clear of monopoly charges since they have no marketshare right now.
23. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
its free on the phones now so it probably be free for tablets but doubtful might come with free trial like most labtops
33. kanagadeepan (Posts: 751; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Price is worth if it comes with Access too...
35. Penny (Posts: 1361; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I doubt it would come with Access. That's one of the more powerful but less ubiquitous parts of Office. Although, I could see Access being very touch friendly with all of the forms you can customize for data entry.
9. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I guess this maybe a good thing to Microsoft Office fans, but Google Docs has been working great for me. And there's no need to worry about format compatibility whereas with Windows the formats aren't even comparable with even previous versions of Office. What extras are they bringing to the table and how much will it cost? If you're right mas11 and they price it at $30, I'll just stuck with G-Docs.
20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Microsoft office is light years ahead of google docs.
22. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Yeah, it's so far ahead that word 2007 and 2010 can't read each others documents. No suprised that you would try and bad mouth G-Docs. You find every reason there is to hate on Google and it just makes you look pathetic.
25. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
ok it changes the format for you when you try to view it. So an extra 2 seconds to wait makes it a bad product
26. Whateverman (Posts: 3235; Member since: 17 May 2009)
It does that for 2010, not if you have 2007 and looking at a .docx file. But I never said it was a bad product. I just think the FREE product, that I can use on any computer, with any OS, with any browser, with an Internet connection is better, at least for me it is.
If Windows Office is your thing...cool! But what I asked was what are they offering for the additional cost?
29. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Lol, not "light years." Everything that I used MS Office for, I use Google Drive for now. And believe me, I used a LOT. You just looooooove to hate on Google, but no one knows why.
11. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
well, if they do release it for android for about 80-100$ who will download it?:D
24. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
me??? i sold my old galaxy s**t tab:D
30. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Lol, iOS has no use for Microsoft Office, anyway. It doesn't even have a freaking USB file transfer! However, you can put a flash drive, a USB mouse, an external hard drive, a USB hub, et cetera into a Transformer Prime with a keyboard dock. Or in a Galaxy Tab with a keyboard dock, as a matter of fact.
21. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Long overdue and great idea. MS still makes the most popular and arguably the best type of office software. Why the have waited to launch this huge potential revenue builder into the market is anyone's guess.
34. BattleBrat (Posts: 1218; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Dammit! I just bought a windows 7 tablet JUST to run office, well, we'll see how "full" office for iOS/Android is. I doubt people are going to pay $119 (Office home/student) to $400(?) (Office pro) For an Office suite app.
Oh, and if they release it for $80-$100 I WOULD BUY IT.... TWICE (Ipad - Archos Android tab) But I have iWork for my bosses iPad so I stopped buying office suits for Apple products (I own multiple office suites for my Android Tab, Just bought Quickoffice HD for $20)
36. T12RYK (Posts: 98; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)
I hope it has Skydrive integration and I'll probably end up swapping my iPad for a Windows 8 tablet anyway, let face it Windows 8 might be a crap OS for a desktop but it's gonna be the best OS for tablets!
37. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
One of the biggest pros to getting a Windows tablet....is being ported over to Android and iOS...
Maybe MS, Ballmer see the writing on the wall?
I understand more money is more money...but would a company really share a big pro like this to its competition when its trying to get back in the mobile race?