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Rumor: Full Office Suite Coming to iPad, Android Tablets

By - Source: BGR | B 10 comments

Microsoft Office is rumored to arrive on iOS and Android in November.

Rumor has it that Microsoft indeed plans to release the next full version of Office (15) on the iPad and Android tablets. Given that Microsoft will offer Office apps pre-installed on ARM-based Windows RT tablets anyway, this move makes perfect sense.

The news arrives by way of a "reliable source" who told BGR that Microsoft is targeting November for both launches. The source claims to have seen the software running on Apple's iPad "first-hand" and that it's almost identical to the previous leak seen a few months back.

There's also indication that Microsoft's Office suite will eventually land on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The source said the loading screen in the Office app clearly said "Office for iOS" instead of identifying the Apple tablet specifically.

News of Office for iOS originally appeared back in November 2011, claiming that Microsoft was actively working on adapting the suite for iOS. Reports also stated that Microsoft planned to release an updated version of Office for Mac on Apple's digital distribution Mac App Store.

Then in February, Office for iOS appeared again in an exclusive hands-on by The Daily. The prototype featured an interface similar to the OneNote app, but with hints of Metro. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files could be created and edited both locally and online.

Microsoft eventually spoke up regarding the prototype and said the accompanying image was fake. The report itself was based on "inaccurate rumors and speculation," the company said.

Currently Microsoft offers OneNote, Bing, SkyDrive, My Xbox Live, and the game Kinectimals for the iOS platform. OneNote, Bing, Kinect Star Wars, Halo Waypoint, Lync 2010 and Hotmail are available on Android.

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    molo9000 , May 23, 2012 11:16 PM
    Do they do this to keep antitrust agencies quiet or do they actually think this is good business?

    Let's hope they don't cripple the non-Windows variants of MS Office, like they did in the past.
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    scannall , May 23, 2012 11:43 PM
    Not surprising. Microsoft being a software company and all. I'm sure they will do well with both Android and iOS.
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    Parsian , May 24, 2012 12:08 AM
    I love how Micro$oft practice capitalism. They are always after capturing the market no matter where it is. That is impressive.
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    danimal_the_animal , May 24, 2012 12:39 AM
    that picture sows an ipad remote desktoping to a windows 7 computer.

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    plznote , May 24, 2012 12:49 AM
    God, reading all these comments gave me a headache. How thick are you people? Especially targeted @danimal_the_animal.
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    jerm1027 , May 24, 2012 1:03 AM
    In other, more interesting news, LibreOffice is being ported for tablets. Code is already being compiled and has an ETA of late 2013. They are also working on a cloud solution as well.
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    halcyon , May 24, 2012 2:15 AM
    danimal_the_animalthat picture sows an ipad remote desktoping to a windows 7 computer.FAKE!!!!!!

    Why is that fake, I do that all the time on my iPad.
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    ta152h , May 24, 2012 3:59 AM
    Does Apple really want Microsoft Trash on their desktop. Office is the most convoluted, counter-intuitive crap to ever plague a microcomputer, and it's going to spread? They are better off just putting OpenOffice, making some fixes, and leaving it at that then allowing MicroTrash to plague yet another platform.

    Microsoft reminds me of a fungus that destroys the cambium layer of trees (Phytophthora). Every time you think it's under control, it comes back, and can destroy a tree completely by a slow and painful death (the tree can't feed its roots). You have to keep using fungicide, even when you think you're not under threat.

    Microsoft, the fungus of the computer world. It's spreading, yet again. Not that Apple is much better though. They are more of a bacteria, they might do some good, but overall they cause more problems than they solve.
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    ojas , May 24, 2012 4:53 AM
    danimal_the_animalthat picture sows an ipad remote desktoping to a windows 7 computer.FAKE!!!!!!

    Yeah and space is a lie.

    ta152hDoes Apple ...bacteria, they might do some good, but overall they cause more problems than they solve.

    Go troll somewhere else.
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    john_4 , May 24, 2012 12:05 PM
    Yes give M$ your cash for a stripped down suite you don't need. If you need an office suite you need a laptop with a real keyboard too. Then why give M$ your cash when Libre and Open Office are out there. I'm sure there are tons of MS tools who can't wait for this.
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