Microsoft Office Gets Spotted On The iPad, Expected To Hit App Store Soon

Microsoft Office Gets Spotted On The iPad, Expected To Hit App Store SoonAn official Microsoft Office suite for the iPad has long been the subject of hopeful rumors, but a leaked shot of the software in action on Apple’s tablet proves for the first time that it’s real, and that it is on its way to the App Store.

The photograph was obtained by The Daily, which claims to have spent some quality time with a working prototype of Microsoft Office for the iPad. The software is said to sport a metro user interface similar to that of Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, and allows you to create, view, and edit Excel, Word, and PowerPoint documents:

Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.

It’s hardly surprising that an official Office suite is on the way, after all, Microsoft has shown it is willing to develop for Apple’s devices several times in recent months, with the release of iOS apps like My Xbox LIVE and OneNote. And you can bet your bottom dollar this will be a huge success for the company.

But according to the same source that provided this app, Microsoft is not working on Office for Android.

The Daily says that an exact release date is unknown at this point, but that “the design team has since wrapped up the project” and it could be available in “the coming weeks.” With Microsoft attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, it’s possible the company could unveil the software then. That would explain why “product of Spain” is written on the side of the box on which the iPad in the image sits.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t feature that awful ribbon interface we got a glimpse of back in November.

  • AdriaanWepener

    I wonder what that will cost!!

  • LDMartin1959

    Way too much.

  • LDMartin1959

    I know there are people who disagree with me on this (they’ve already challenged my intellectual capabilities as a result of my prior comments on this matter) but I believe this is a tacit admission by MS that Windows tablets are DOA. Their history is to use one product (MS Office for Tablets, for example) to pull people to another one of their products instead of competing products. If Microsoft truly believed in Windows tablets, we would be seeing stories about MS Office for Windows Tablets being “leaked” and MS Office for iPad would just be a fantasy of the Apple “fan boys”. MS would not be aiding a competing product — especially as they are just beginning to introduce their product — by providing their target market/(potential) customer any option for purchasing/using that competing product. And then, following the logic, if Windows for tablets is DOA, then if MS wants to ensure their lock on the tablet Office-app market, they need to get MS Office for iPad out ASAP.MS would never do Office on iPad if they thought Windows tablets had a snowballs chance in hell of being a success and being any real challenge to the iPad.

  • WVMikeP

    Actually, I think it’s Microsoft putting a steak in the ground and stating, “there shall be two!”  I’ve hated MS for many years, but even I have to admit, they seem to acknowledge now that there MUST be competition.  Of the two viable competitors, only one basically plays by the rules and isn’t an IP thief: Apple.

    What this is, I believe, a massive blow to Android.  The iPad and Windows 8 tablets will be seen as the devices for getting things done whereas the Android tablets will be the “media tablets.”

  • joewaylo

    It’ll probably cost the same as the Home and Student 2010. $149
    Or we may get lucky and it’ll be attempting to undercut Apple’s products.
    Apple’s products are $9.99 each. $30. So they may go $20.

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again :)

  • Jdsonice

    Ah! I don’t think so but one can hope. $30 would be a sweet deal. Of course those of who own the product on the Mac could argue (unsuccessfully I think) that we should be given a free license. :-)

  • BMWTwisty

    If the price isn’t competitive with Apple’s products – or even in the Documents To Go Premium range – it won’t be successful.  If Office costs more than $30, forget it.

  • Jordan Clay

     I agree with most of your points except for “Office for iPad would be a fantasy of the Apple ‘Fan Boys.”  no Apple Fan-boy would ever wish for a MS Office Product. 

    Other than that…You have to remember that MS is a Software company.  They make most of their money by selling software, not hardware.   By branching out into different platforms they expand their reach.

  • Jordan Clay

    It is the Defacto Business and school software.  I would say it would be about 1/2 of their student cost.  I think most people would be all over this at the $49.99 price.

  • Ronald Stepp

    “But according to the same source that provided this app, Microsoft is not working on Office for Android.”

    Yet.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    You’re so stupid……

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Unlike iWork vs Office on Mac, I think iWork will best Office on iPad. Most people who wanted a word processor application bought Pages. It’s so easy to use, I can’t imagine anybody giving Word a chance when Pages does the exact same thing for less and came out first.

  • ddevito

    Okay dummy take a seat and read this slowly.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    Not so fast. Although I agree with you 100%, most people who bring their iPads to work (which is a lot of people right?) will buy Office for the iPad like hotcakes.

  • ismailkarim23

    “enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

  • Figurative

    Choice is good.  I think this will only add to the appeal of the iPad.  And if you don’t want it, fine.

  • ddevito

    yet will sell 25,000,000 copies of it in the app store

  • ddevito

    (I knew for some reason my reply would get removed) – which is PRO-APPLE so why they remove it is beyond me. Anyway…

    Okay dummy take a seat and read this slowly.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    ______________________

    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

    _____________________

    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • ddevito

    It’s 1984 all over again.

    You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.

    In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.

    So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.

    So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.

    (you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    ____________

    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

    _____________________________________________

    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).
    _______________________

    It’s 1984 all over again.You see, in 1984, when the Macintosh was released, a certain software company by the name of Microsoft released an application called MultiPlan, at the time it was a Visicalc competitor. It was Microsoft’s first GUI based application, and it was the first successful GUI based spreadsheet program for the Mac.In fact, in 1985 Bill Gates said they made more money from MultiPlan on the Mac than on IBM computers.So fast forward to 2012 and MS is releasing its first touch-based version of Office (for tablets). And it’s hitting the iPad first.So yes, it is indeed 1984 all over again.(you see, my original comment was pro-Apple, but you can’t seem to look past the little green robot in my avatar).

  • FurryMoses

    Yeah, I think you’re right – the idea of expecting a free license for similar software seems quite unreasonable to me, when the reality of what is going on is considered eg that teams of developers, managers & artists etc are beavering away on a different set of work & when they’re finished they’re magically expected to just give it away for free.

    Microsoft “could” do that because their company can wear the cost, and they may be fostering an ecosystem of users but I don’t think you should expect it to work this way as a matter of course.

    eg You buy a game on PC; comes out on iPad -> expect to get a free version!

    Yeah, those damn developers just go around making up work that they can give away for free! ;-) Unless they both help sell each other, there’s no economic sense in creating & then giving away cross-platform software.

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