Back in November, The Daily had reported that Microsoft plans to release the Office suite for the iPad.
The Daily now claims to have managed to get their hands on a copy of Microsoft Office for iPad.
Based on the hands-on, it looks like the Microsoft Office app for iPad will allow users to create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents locally and online.
A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.
The Daily reports that the app will be submitted for approval very soon.
It’s high time Microsoft launched their Office suite for the iPad and we hope it will come to the iPhone eventually. Apple’s iWork suite has been available for the iPad for quite some time, and was released for the iPhone and iPod Touch last year and was also updated to work with iCloud.
The Daily also reports that according to their sources, Microsoft will also release an updated version of OneNote app, which will “reflect the Metro design language”.
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft offers the iPad apps for free as companion apps to the desktop version or if it will charge for the iPad apps like Apple. Pages, Keynote and Numbers app are available on the App Store for $9.99 each.
What do you think about the possibility of Word, Excel and PowerPoint finally coming to iPad? Will you buy them when they’re available in the App Store?
Microsoft has issued a statement denying the rumor:
A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: “The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”