ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has some insight into the future of Office for iPad. Unlike some, Foley believes Office is still actively under development and will debut in the coming months.
According to Foley, Office for the iPad is codenamed Miramar and has been given the fast track, possibly appearing before the touch-enabled version of Office for Windows 8. It’ll likely land sometime in the first half of 2014.
But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year. According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK’d the suggestion by the Office team that they’d bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely mean before the Windows 8 version. I’m hearing that new date for Office for iPad is some time in the first half of calendar 2014. (My sources last summer were hearing Office for iPad wouldn’t debut until Fall 2014.)
Details on how Microsoft will sell the app are unclear, but the company will likely follow the model it already uses for Office Mobile for the iPhone. As such, Office for the iPad likely will require an Office 365 subscription and will save its files to OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) or OneDrive for Business.
Microsoft won’t comment on Office for the iPad, but Foley is pretty confident that her sources are accurate. Are you interested in Office for the iPad or has your document needs been met by another app?