Microsoft to Release Office For iOS in November

BGR briefly reports that according to their reliable source, Microsoft will release Office suite for iOS in November.

Back in February, The Daily had reported that Microsoft will release the Office suite for the iPad very soon. But it looks like Microsoft has delayed its plan.

BGR reports:

BGR has learned from a reliable source that Microsoft is currently planning to release the company’s full Office suite for not only Apple’s iPad, but for Android tablets as well. The company is targeting November of this year for both launches. Additionally, our source has seen Microsoft Office running on an iPad first-hand and has said that it looks almost identical to the previous leak from The Daily a few months back, despite the fact that Microsoft flat out denied that the app was authentic. It is also plausible that Microsoft Office will be coming to the iPhone and iPod touch rather than only the iPad, as we’re told the loading screen in the app clearly said “Office for iOS” and not just iPad.

The Daily had also claimed they had 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 iOS will allow users to create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents locally and online.

It will be interesting to see if Microsoft offers the iOS apps for free as companion apps to the desktop version or if it will charge for the apps like Apple. Pages, Keynote and Numbers app are available on the App Store for $9.99 each.

  • Que

    Hmmm. I used to use this on android. I kind of of assumed iOS had it too. I guess not.

    • Steveo

      There’s no actual native Microsoft Office apps on iOS or Android yet, but there are tons of alternatives on both platforms such as QuickOffice, CloudOn, etc.

  • chris

    any significant advantages this app has over quickoffice or documents pro?

    • Reeplay

      documents don’t become completely ruined each time you open them in quickoffice? I’ve yet to open a single file that was created on Microsoft Office that didn’t become completely ruined on the iPad office suites.

    • mkimid

      Still need a keyboard and mouse to make a document using an office software. Relatively, just a document writing is easier, but, much difficult than mouse & keybaord.
      Maybe need a kind a some big change of concept

  • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

    Won’t release it free, the iPad version at least.

  • jonasotot

    I think that Pages, keynote, etc are better than office, I have actually both of them and I really prefer to use them instead of Office :)