Windows Phone to get refreshed Office, Microsoft may make official announcement on January 21st

Windows Phone to get refreshed Office, Microsoft may make official announcement on January 21st
Microsoft has been putting a lot of effort in expanding the reach and availability of its standard bearing products like Office, notably releasing mobile optimized versions for iOS and Android while its native mobile platform, Windows Phone, just sort of chills in the corner waiting its turn for some updated goodness.

Windows Phone is not alone, a touch-optimized version of Office is still in a holding pattern for Windows-based tablets.

The big splash Microsoft made was releasing Office for iPad, then tweaking it a bit so that at least the basic functionality could be managed without forcing the user into an Office 365 subscription. Then, Office for Android tablets was announced, but was only initially available through a registration request during the Beta, and there should be a general release early this year.

When will Microsoft give some of its own Windows platforms some love? Well Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft took to social media to reaffirm that the Office team “has not forgotten Windows Phone.” Though, he did not announce that on Facebook or Twitter, but on his Chinese Weibo profile.

The image is a little small, so here is the text of the entire message:



While Joe’s letter does not provide any specifics, it is entirely possible we will learn all the details at an analyst meeting set for January 21st in Redmond, where Microsoft executives will outline a number of consumer-oriented features coming to the new version of Windows.

Taking Joe at his word, we will definitely learn something before February 19th because that is when the Chinese New Year begins.

sources: Weibo via Softpedia

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22 Comments

1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This is just ridiculous man! Spend all your dedicaton on WP first! It is like feeding your neighbours kid first and then your kid just because the former is more successful :/

7. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

You are right. However, even Google did this ridiculous thing sometimes. Some Google apps for iOS got updates and new features a few days before those apps for Android.

21. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Stupid analogy. Put yourself in corporate shoes. What would you rather do... provide an office app for the two platforms who dominate the market NOW, or wait to release them because your teams are still busy getting things straight with WP and Windows 10?

22. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

And then Windows Phone customers will switch to Android and iOS?

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Why not just do the useful thing first, shake hands with Google and release the official Youtube app for Windows Phone?

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Euhm google did not wanted it! MS had the best Youtube app ever and google forced MS to kill it!

6. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

That app violated Google/YouTube's policy. And most importantly, MS was not licensed to use the brand "YouTube".

8. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

microsoft remove those things which violate policy, last feud with them was because wp youtube app didnt use html5. now un official youtube app can do more than youtube app its okay for me if google dont make youtube app for wp.

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

You must be xperiaDROID, right? If yes, then welcome back to PhoneArena!

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Wait, what? How do you know?

11. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

what happened to your old account bro?

14. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

My old account got banned for some reason. :(

13. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Heh.... As l expected, you're xperiaDROID. Just consider it as a lucky guess.

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Hahahaha...I think you saw my comment on Xperiablog, that's why you know this is me. But anyways, you're smart! ;)

17. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

NO, l don't even visit Xperiablog at all.

20. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Ok then, that means you're very smart. :)

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I dont mind a small wait personally, considering 10 is just right around the corner

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Wouldnt matter much, we already have youtube apps that are better than the 'official'. Metro and TubeCast (which has 4k support), are very fine indeed.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Don't want your rented Office lol.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I think that WP is suffering from a little bit of a lack of purpose these days. Previously, the big advantage was Office exclusivity. Other than UI, it was the big differentiator between it and other platforms. As that has largely eroded, they need to find that one great thing that separates WP from the other platforms. Maybe it will be true convergence, but I hope that they pay careful attention to what people are really looking for.

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

sounds like we will get some good news may come from Microsoft who will be at CES 2015 this year. I predict they will announce 1 broadwell class M CPU Surface Tablet, a couple of smart phones probably the Microsoft Lumia 435 and 1335 and show case the new Office for Windows Tablets and smart phones. later at the end of January I think Microsoft will have the download for the Windows 10 Consumer Preview Download beta for those who want to get a 90 percent copy of Windows 10 Consumer preview. it may even have "Cortina" for Desktop computers included in the Windows 10 consumer pre YEA YEA YEA !

19. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I meant a 90 percent copy of what is in the consumer preview download may be what Windows 10 RTM will look like for adverage PC buyers later in 2015

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