Leaks show Microsoft Office for iOS is coming soon

Leaks show Microsoft Office for iOS is coming soon
A leak from Microsoft's French support site shows references to "Excel for iPad," "PowerPoint for iPad," and "Office Mobile for iPhone." This would seem to confirm earlier speculation that has versions of Microsoft Office for both iOS and Android getting released early next year. The free app will allow the user to view documents only, but the ability to edit them would be possible through a subscription to Microsoft 360.

A French web site, Mac4Ever, has pointed out that Microsoft's French support site has made references to Office for iOS applications that have been incorrectly applied to support documents. As an example, the site notes that a document pertaining to addressing custom numeric formats in Excel is tagged as applying to Excel 2013 in the U.S. On the French site, it is tagged for Excel for iPad. Other references, like the previously mentioned "PowerPoint for iPad," and "Office Mobile for iPhone," are displayed throughout the French site.
 
While the references don't gives us a precise date when to expect the Microsoft Office for iOS or Microsoft Office for Android to launch, they do confirm that the software is real and could be coming soon, perhaps early 2013 as rumored.

source: Microsoft (translated), Mac4Ever (translated) via BGR

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11 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Thank you Microsoft :)

4. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Thanks but no thanks, Microsoft. I have a small handful of free apps that let me view office files, and have purchased some reasonably priced productivity suites that let me edit them - no leechware subscription necessary.

10. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

But i haven't seen an app that could do something like Custom Animation

2. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Cool! I just can't wait until it comes out for Android, especially because of the Powerpoint software. I have yet to see a mobile app with full-fledged Powerpoint compatibility.

3. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Agree, MS Office, + QWERTY from my Xperia + HDMI = YES PLZ

5. switza93

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Ill get hype when it comes on Android

6. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yes, release it first for the OS with half as many users.

7. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

actually i dont know if the microsoft office is still a hit since there's actually a pretty good office apps that is available to both android and iOS (quick office and documents to go anyone?) according to this http://finance.yahoo.com/news/steve-ballmer-s-nightmare-is-coming-true-181558610.html "Microsoft's Office has been a juggernaut. In fiscal 2012, the Microsoft business division did ~$24 billion in sales. Last year, we cautioned, "Office runs only on Microsoft platforms and the Mac. As employees start to do more and more work from non-Windows smartphones and iPads, companies may start to question why they're still buying Office for every employee and upgrading it every two or three releases." The death of Office, has not happened, though. Despite Google's attempt to create Docs, companies aren't giving up on Excel." their only powerful stronghold is the excel..so they better bring MS Office to the relevant side again!! and bring th RT version of windows 8 to cheaper market! to let them experience the new Win8 UI! coz this is what google waht to bring, they are bringing the android tablet for cheaper market, the nexus 10! nokia should join the tablet space now! coz the only worth to buy win8 RT is either the surface, asus or a nokia, if ever!

9. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 2011

Some good points. I would like to say that the Office 365 thing makes sense to me though. No matter what, the iPad isn't going to be anyone's choice platform for spreadsheets. You want to be able to make edits but the online features in 365 will be good for people to work on stuff across platforms. Spreadsheets are just one of those things that benefit from screen real-estate. I've tried some touch screen spreadsheet stuff with Google Docs and it's just not there. Entering formulas is an absolute nightmare also. I don't even want to think about macros or editing graphs. I don't know if powerpoint will be able to beat Keynote in any aspect but being fully compatible with someone who bought an iPad but still primarily works in a Microsoft environment but the viewer will be great for studying since professors have no idea technology progresses over time.

8. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

While all is phone will probably be able to use, half of android phones won't be able to because of too much lagging.

11. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Microsoft Office is the APEX PREDATOR. & apple also knows the fact.

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