Exactly two years and a week ago we speculated whether or not Apple’s iPad will get Microsoft’s popular Office suite or no. Today, we can gleefully answer – yes.
Rupert Murdoch’s tablet-only magazine The Daily featured a glimpse of Microsoft’s Office app for iPad, still lacking some finishing touches as yet, indicating a release in the near future is imminent. Buzz is also that work on the Android app is nearing completion too and it won’t be long after the submission to the App Store that MS Office will enter the Android world. From The Daily:
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. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online.
When Office for iPad finally arrives, it will compete with the likes of Documents to Go, Quickoffice and Apple’s own Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps, which at $9.99 each might meet some good competition from their age-old rivals from Redmond.
Microsoft has just announced today that Office for Mac 2011 will be released on the 26th of October.
Now, Office for Mac 2011 has been eagerly awaited by Apple Fanboys all over and with Microsoft unveiling a new feature just for them, it is just an icing on the cake.
Apparently, this new suite will include “the most visually impactful” feature, called the Dynamic Reorder, which “gives you the ability to interactively re-order all of the layers in a document or presentation”. Apart from that, the suite also sees a new view in Word 2011.
Here is the last behind the scenes video from the team:
Microsoft said they are considering building Microsoft Office exclusively for the iPad.
Microsoft has revealed to T3 that it is looking at the possibility of releasing Office for Mac for the Apple iPad, although any official word is far from confirmed.
“Yeah, it’s something that we’re looking at,” said Microsoft Senior Product manager Mike Tedesco. “Obviously the announcement (of the iPad) is really fresh and there’s nothing to announce or nothing that I can talk to you about today.
“We’ve had tablet technology forever and both Windows 7 and Windows Vista automatically detect that and you can be running your Office on there.”
That is a pretty big non-statement, especially considering we are a year into Microsoft Exec Stephen Elop’s hint that they’re building Office for the iPhone which is the same as the iPad with a smaller screen –as far as office apps are concerned.
But nonetheless, even if we dont expect anything anytime soon, this little snippet certainly gives us hope that we might be seeing Word and Powerpoint coming to the App Store in the future.
Quoting T3: “Microsoft is, of course, getting pretty excited about the HP Windows 7 tablet that was unveiled at CES so we wouldn’t be surprised to see that catered for well before Apple gets any love.”