Microsoft's Mobile Office app arriving on iPhone, iPad and Android in early 2013
iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad are expected to be the first to get Office Mobile around February or March, while on Android mobile Office should arrive around May 2013.
Just like current Microsoft apps on the two platforms, the mobile version of Office will require a Microsoft account. Of course, the mobile app will be a simplified version of the full Office, not the full blown package.
A Microsoft spokesperson also confirmed that "Office will work across Windows Phone, iOS and Android."
Earlier, in October, a Microsoft office in the Czech Republic mentioned Office Mobile for Android and iOS, but then Redmond denied those leaks saying it has nothing to announce.
source: The Verge
1. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Great, I always wanted the MS Office suit in my phone which was once Win Phone exclusive. Now for me there is no reason to consider a windows phone
15. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
it will probably be more costly than wp costs to manufacturers...
22. rusticguy (Posts: 2813; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Office365 is "Subscription" based service so recurring lifetime costs.
23. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
THANK U SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
about damn time too...finally we can have some real productivity on mobile devices
2. imnotascammer (Posts: 31; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Microsoft should've made this exclusive to Windows Phone.. Really.
4. Hemlocke (unregistered)
He's right. This will be the final nail in Microsoft's mobile coffin. Office availability will make WP and RT less attractive because there will be better hardware with better ecosystems that will have it as soon as they do this. The Surface is not in the same league as the Nexus 10 and iPad.
6. dickwyn (Posts: 566; Member since: 07 May 2012)
at least windows 8 can be more productive than any other platforms (for now)
7. buccob (Posts: 1292; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Actually this is Google's method.
Every OS has access to Google Maps (1 way or another) and Google makes a lot of software products for all platforms...
It is true that they reserve the best for Android of course... but they rely on all users across OSs
Microsoft is trying hard to be Google and Apple at the same time... balancing openness with cautiousness.
19. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
that is true, the surface is on a different league of its own, remember, it's a desktop experience on a tablet form, Once office is available to ios and android, they will for once, be able to experience what real applications mean, not just in the number of apps available, but the number of reliable apps...
5. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
Nope, they should always have some exclusives in their hood like google has turn by turn navigation and Apple has Siri
9. buccob (Posts: 1292; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Agreed... I actually like what they are trying to do, but they should keep key Office features to Windows OS only...
But today there are a lot of office-like solutions for phones and tablets that are actually very productive...
My fav is Kingsoft Office for android... there is room for improvement but it is the most flexible and feature rich yet.
14. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
no need for that on wp you get full office butcon android you get only viewer
8. sinple (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
with so many office app on android, if this office does not support PowerPoint editing like existing windows phone, I really don see any hype. Even keynote would be a better office app.
10. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)
That's gonna b huge for apple.
12. amozhi (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Nothing exciting about this. There are plenty of office apps already available for android including google's own quick office.
Kingsoft office is free and it works great on android. If you are the owner of galaxy s3 international version, then full polaris office suit is available for free. You can download it from Samsung app store via "more services". I enjoy both polaris office and kingsoft office...
Microsoft is trying to sell office 365 for all users including business users.
13. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Yes, there are many office apps, but nothing gets even close to the desktop experience. If this thing can get closer than others - it being made by the same company which is responsible of the desktop counterparts - it's going to be awesome! :D
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10046; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Well there's nothing interesting to u, but u don't speak for everyone. Also this isn't an article about android, it's about iOS. If u weren't Interested, then y did u even click on the article.
16. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
No thanks. IWork for iOS is just awesome. I luv iWork on ipad.
20. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)
well its free for the surface... and free for windows phone.... you have to pay de subscription in android and ios.