Microsoft Office to be available for iOS, Android and Symbian in early 2013?

Microsoft Office to be available for iOS, Android and Symbian in early 2013?
Microsoft product manager, Peter Bobek confirmed that the maker of the ubiquitous Office software suite was planning to release native versions for iOS, Android and Symbian. Bobek confirmed this with the Czech site IHNED and that the applications would be available around the March timeframe of 2013.

The Verge is reporting that they have seen a copy of a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic office stating, “In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian.” There is a note about an update to Office Web Apps and that Office 2013 will be commercially available to business customers in December. The commercial release for Office 2013 would coincide with the apps being available for iOS, Android and Symbian.

While there has been no official announcement by Microsoft, they have not made it a secret that they want to increase the accessibility of their flagship Office software suite of programs. Ironically, Microsoft released the following statement when approached by The Verge, “The information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate. We do not have anything further to share at this time.”

While Microsoft tries to put toothpaste back in the tube, we think Office will be a solid hit across these platforms. How about you? Have you been happy with the alternatives to date? Or will this addition amount to nothing more than an additional option in the semi-crowded productivity app segment?

source: The Verge

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21 Comments

1. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Yesssssss :)

20. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Yeah I have to echo that because I was debating between getting Windows 8 tablet or Android tablet, and I mean I love android! But I wanted office on a tablet really bad so I was leaning towards Windows but now I might just get an Android tablet! Thank you!!!

21. mehdibaloch

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

@CellularNinja: Pls. delete your comment Coz once MS will see & read it, they might change their mind and will not release an android version :P

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Kind of slipped a bit.... I seem to recall a schedule for iOS availability around mid-November, 2012.

3. shyam555

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

symbian also very good

4. wendygarett unregistered

No bb playbook and bb10? Sad :(

16. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Although what RIM provides is very good I would like to have seen this as well.

5. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Lol, dont care, have it already on my lumia :)

6. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

Symbian? After the last "stab" in the back with the faulty update that bricked half the Nokias world-wide, I calculate that by 2013 Q2 symbian will be already abandoned by frustrated users... I bet that Nokia (with their actions) is trying to squeeze the last Symbian fans out of the platform just like one tries to squeeze the last drop of the toothpaste in the tube. Such a shame.

11. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

the faulty update that bricked half the Nokias world-wide,stab in the back ?????! do u have a symbian phone????!!!! i do and all what u say is crap belle fp2 (i use 603) is awesome(the new gestures ,new browser that has alot better performance,the new music player and lots of other) and it really made the os more modern. the only faulty is nokia music(music store) and it was solved this week(just a week after the first release of belle fp2) and belle fp2 is back on the update channels actually i was going to upgrade this month from my 603 and leave symbian for good but with this update,nokia made me stay on my 603(belle) for some while opposing to what u say : " Nokia (with their actions) is trying to squeeze the last Symbian fans out of the platform". and btw if nokia screwed nokia music in their update(and solved it shortly after),google screwed the signal reception of samsung galaxy nexus in an update not so while ago !!!!!!!

13. danny_a2005

Posts: 353; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

You are kidding right, the reason why I left nokia is symbian, then I started buying sony Ericsson and I stopped because they released a symbian phone, the satio, worst OS ever, Id never use it again... Slow and frustrating.. Thats why nokia lost most of their customers, from being the top manufacturer to third..

15. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

I own a PureView 808, and I have to inform you that I really adore Symbian OS (Nokia OS). When the Belle FP2 rolled out, the first thing I did was to go to Nokia Forums and read opinions of ppl who updated, and then decide what to do. I have to tell you, there were MANY MANY cases of ppl who bricked their phones during the procedure, and it was proved to be Nokia's fault. Ppl who had succeded had other issues with the UI, Nokia Music and some with the gallery. When a company shows no respect to their supporter, its like telling them to f*** off. Nokia wasnt like that at all. On the contrary, Nokia had the best software support for mobile phones (according to me of course). I will personally never trust Nokia again like I did the past 3-4 years. They simply do not care about Symbian users anymore, cant you see?

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

actually symbian still outsold WP worldwide! this just mean than WP dont get love very fast even with nokia! so elop should listen to the sales!!! he should go after the countrys/places where symbian and nokia is a big deal! and continue the support to symbian and make a major Revamp! the wrong move by nokia and elop is that they concentrate to a market(US) that only a few love them and forget the market(Europe and Asia) that love them so much! symbian is still one of the best! the belle is comparable to gingerbread 2.3 and belle fp1 to gingerbread 2.3.7 while belle fp2 is comparable to early ICS(minus the browser)! symbian's problem is its sucky browser and limited apps! if nokia would just listen to the people that love them, this problem will never happen..but they didnt! they listen to a market that only a number love them! a market that demand to do impossibles!

7. Chiddu

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

FYI, MS Office for Symbian is already available a long time ago. Symbian is the best mobile OS, but lacks developer support. For iOS fans: you can't even get a proper call recorder app. For Windows Phone 7 fans: your OS is not well supported by developers. For Android fans: Android is capable of anything, but it is battery hungry (so you need more than 2000mAh batteries).

10. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

dev support for windows phone 8 is gonna be good coz you can optimize windows apps for pc to work with windows phone 8 by minor changes.

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

There is 2 reason why I keep Windows 1st - Office Many administrative department in my country use Microsoft Office. And if you to process formal application, you gotta use Microsoft Office. If you create a document in LibreOffice and open it in MS Office the layouts are going to mess up. So to ensure things play safe, better stick with MS Office. 2nd - Games Most games are on Windows and optimized for windows. Don't talk about wine or playonlinux, the compatibility isn't great.

9. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I hope there is differentiation in some way, shape or form from WP platform... even if it is just pricing!

12. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

i have a nokia 603(symbian) and just updated to belle fp 2 and it is really awesome but i still don't get why will symbian (if and thats a big IF) get office 2013?!of course i would love to have it (if i don't leave symbian by then of course) everybody knows that its a dying platform so why invest in it?! specially when there is already an official microsoft office for symbian^3 and belle versions it doesn't take a genius to figure out that nokia persuaded microsoft to do that but why would nokia do that ?! what's the point?! who knows,maybe office 2013 will be a reason to stay with my faithful 603 for some more time after nokia convinced me to stay for abit because of the awesome belle fp2 update an off-topic note,symbian is covered by most well known apps(whatsapp,viber(no voice for now),skype, official Microsoft office,vimeo,top gear,CNN,BBC.............etc),the only shortage is hd games and it was there even when symbian was the most widespread platform!

14. Even4steven

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I really no longer care about Office after being a long time user. Google Docs takes care of what I need now. MS thought that the world could not live without Outlook & Office and it appears to be doing just fine without them.....

17. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

happy to see its also available for symbian

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

symbian is still the greatest platfrom and android is its legacy! why? coz the engineer behind android are the engineer that give the "should-be" answer of symbian's falling the UIQ! but nokia didnt listen... they just did the worst move! they already forcast that apple's iPhone will be famous but they continue to go s60 insted of the optimize UIQ!!! the trouble is within nokia not in symbian!

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