Microsoft To Debut Office For iPad On November 10th [Rumor]

Microsoft To Debut Office For iPad On November 10th [Rumor]

Will we finally see Microsoft's productivity suite on the iPad this fall?

Echoing a report from last week, the The Daily has followed up its original scoop by saying that Microsoft will launch Office for iPad on November 10th, 2012. The Daily originally leaked images of the iPad app, but Microsoft denied the report by saying that it was “based on inaccurate rumors and speculation.”

Today The Daily gives a specific launch date for Office on the iPad. According to the report, the app is in the “hands of a usability team” at Microsoft and will be submitted to the App Store soon.

Microsoft will launch Office for iPad on Nov. 10, The Daily has learned. This follows reports earlier this month that a late fall release was likely.

We’ve learned that the development team within Office Mobile finished its work on the project last month, and the efforts of the design group wrapped soon after. The app is now in the hands of a usability team that appraises software that utilizes the Metro design language for “Metro compliance” and suggests changes as needed. When approved by the team, the app likely will go to Apple for app store approval, which could take a couple of weeks.

Office is also expected to arrive on Android in the near future. While we’re not sure that average consumers will find an Office for iPad app appealing (Apple already sells its iWork apps in the App Store), the availability of Microsoft’s software on the iPad will surely be welcomed by business and IT professionals.

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  • LDMartin1959

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (despite flames from those who either don’t understand my point or think they are more knowlageable): Microsoft’s basic marketing tactic is, “If you want this product, you have to buy Windows.” They thought the Zune was their iTunes killer and would bring Windows defectors back to Windows, which is why they never released the Zune software for the Mac. Office for Mac is the only exception to this rule I have ever seen, and that was essentially forced on them by the DOJ investigation into their monopoly position and the perceived threat of future investigations should they totally abandon that minimal support for the Mac. If they truly believed Windows Mobile would take the world by storm, they would not be releasing a version of office for any other platform. The fact that MS is introducing Office for iPad — even before the next generation of Windows phones/tablets (and their corresponding “Office for…” apps) have been released is a tacit admission from Microsoft that they believe their mobile platform is DOA.

  • technochick

    I hope the rumor that Microsoft is making Office for the iPad if not all iOS devices is true. I hope that the release date could actually be false and it’s actually going to show up earlier because Office is way way late to the game and every day they are missing is another day someone will just go with Pages etc or one of the Office clones and if they wait too long they might as well not bother because they will have zero mind share etc. Schools will have all the kids getting the iWork apps, offices will have either picked up a clone or also get iWork and so on. Hell schools and this growing move to go to paperless textbooks etc is why Office needs to be released like now, while schools are training their staff, deciding on work flows etc. 

  • Andrew John

    The iPad has been out now for 3 years, and they still haven’t come out with an Office for iOS. If Microsoft hadn’t cornered the PC market 20 years ago, they’d be dead now. Thats the truth. If they didn’t have software licensing to all PC clones, they would have nothing. Microsoft makes its money from licenses. With the price of software coming down considerably, Microsoft will be seen as the dinosaurs of the industry if they continue to sell their OS for $200-$400. It’s a business model whose time is over. Lion for $29 anyone? News flash Microsoft. The world is leaving you behind. Turn the lights out on your way out. The world is learning to live without you.

  • Andrew John

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (despite flames from those who either don’t understand my point or think they are more knowlageable): Microsoft’s basic marketing tactic is, “If you want this product, you have to buy Windows.” They thought the Zune was their iTunes killer and would bring Windows defectors back to Windows, which is why they never released the Zune software for the Mac. Office for Mac is the only exception to this rule I have ever seen, and that was essentially forced on them by the DOJ investigation into their monopoly position and the perceived threat of future investigations should they totally abandon that minimal support for the Mac. If they truly believed Windows Mobile would take the world by storm, they would not be releasing a version of office for any other platform. The fact that MS is introducing Office for iPad — even before the next generation of Windows phones/tablets (and their corresponding “Office for…” apps) have been released is a tacit admission from Microsoft that they believe their mobile platform is DOA.

    Actually, Microsoft were obliged to make an Office for Mac package as it was an agreement Apple had with them, before they ripped off the Mac UI and made Windows. That’s how they got their hands on the Mac OS. Then shamelessly stole it to make their business model.

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