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Microsoft Office for Android and iOS coming late 2014, Windows RT refresh on the roadmap too

Microsoft Office for Android and iOS coming late 2014, Windows RT refresh on the roadmap too
A new roadmap has leaked that allegedly shows Microsoft's plans for its Office suite of apps. The roadmap is part of "Gemini", which apparently is the Office team's update project codename, and the twin to Windows Blue (pun grudgingly used). According to the roadmap, the team may be putting Android and iOS on the back-burner, and working on other updates, including Office for Windows RT before competing mobile platforms.

The Gemini updates are planned in different "waves". First up is Wave 1.0, due in October 2013, which includes improvements to the Metro versions of the core Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) to go along with the Windows Blue update. These improvements are said to include better touch controls for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Wave 1.5 is slated for April 2014, and will bring a "refresh" of Office RT and Windows Phone support, in addition to the new Office for Mac. Then, Wave 2.0 is scheduled for October 2014, and that is where we finally see Office for iOS and Android show up in the plans. Wave 2.0 also has Outlook RT listed, so Windows RT users only have to wait another year and a half before they have a powerful alternative to the built-in Mail app.

source: ZDNet

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posted on 11 Apr 2013, 09:24 5

1. wiiandds (Posts: 64; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Wish the andriod version was coming sooner

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 12:01 1

4. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I second that. Originally, they were talking about 2013, as I recall. Now, it's another year and a half?! We know Microsoft and this means early 2015, given its typical delays.

Can't decide how much I'd be willing to pay for this app. $50? $25? $5?

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 16:34

7. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Try OfficeSuite if you need an office app.

posted on 12 Apr 2013, 04:40

10. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

or kingsoft

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 09:25 1

2. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

And what happens to storage on RT? Can't even store a single 25GB Office 365 account :D

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 11:09 4

3. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

2014....lol wtf, do one microsoft.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 12:34 1

5. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

And that's exactly how it should be! If I were MS I wouldn't even bother doing one for Android until Google allow MS to tap into YouTube.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 13:45 3

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 5002; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I completely agree with you. Google and ms should do things like apple does...keep all your services limited to your own OS. Android doesn't need ms office, ms doesn't need YouTube, and apple doesn't need Google Maps. There are always alternatives to services offered by others. Besides the openness of the platform, I went with Android because Google offers everything I need without having to depend on services from others.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 19:47

9. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Totally agree! Every company should man up and be innovative and build upon their own platforms.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 17:55

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And to think someone on here tried to beat me down and say it was already out for Android and iOS...lol.

See...I do a lil something called reading.

I still think its a mistake for MS to do this if they want WP to gain in popularity. market share. Money wise...its a smart move...Damn near everybody on the planet use either iOS or Android. They are gonna get lots of sales from iPad users.

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