Microsoft's Mobile Office app arriving on iPhone, iPad and Android in early 2013

Microsoft's Mobile Office app arriving on iPhone, iPad and Android in early 2013
Microsoft Office will arrive on iOS devices and Android in early 2013. The app will be free to download, but will only allow viewing files and to actually edit documents users would need to purchase an Office 365 subscription.

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


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23 Comments

1. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 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: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

it will probably be more costly than wp costs to manufacturers...

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Office365 is "Subscription" based service so recurring lifetime costs.

23. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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18. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

about damn time too...finally we can have some real productivity on mobile devices

2. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Microsoft should've made this exclusive to Windows Phone.. Really.

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

why, they are spreading the love

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: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

at least windows 8 can be more productive than any other platforms (for now)

7. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 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: Sep 12, 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: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

King soft!!!! My fav!!!!

14. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

no need for that on wp you get full office butcon android you get only viewer

8. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 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

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

That's gonna b huge for apple.

12. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 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

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

No thanks. IWork for iOS is just awesome. I luv iWork on ipad.

17. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I can't wait to try out Excel.

20. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

well its free for the surface... and free for windows phone.... you have to pay de subscription in android and ios.

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