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Office For iOS And Android Apparently Due Next March

By - Source: The Verge | B 10 comments

Microsoft's Czech Republic division apparently confirms availability of Office on mobile platforms due in March, 2013.

Native Microsoft Office apps are supposedly due to launch on both iOS and Android next spring.

Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek said during a press event that Office apps for iOS and Android will be available sometime during March, 2013.

The Verge also saw a press release sent by Microsoft's Czech Republic headquarters that seemingly confirmed Office's pending arrival on Android, iOS, and Nokia's Symbian.

While there are a slew of Office alternatives available in the App Store such as Quickoffice, Office apps from Microsoft would certainly deliver a welcomed depth in enterprise productivity, especially for the iPad.

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    back_by_demand , October 10, 2012 9:54 PM
    Interesting, but can't help but wonder why MS would do this, 6 months of exclusivity before handing over the crown jewels? If it were me I would see how Windows 8 on tablets does for sales and if they fly off the shelves I would tank the Android and iOS versions.
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    dalethepcman , October 10, 2012 10:28 PM
    Office 365 for android and iOs cost $149/year.

    Office for windows phone 8 - free.

    Win/Win for Microsoft. Buy our phone, or pay $150 a year to us anyways.
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    twelch82 , October 10, 2012 11:30 PM
    back_by_demandInteresting, but can't help but wonder why MS would do this, 6 months of exclusivity before handing over the crown jewels? If it were me I would see how Windows 8 on tablets does for sales and if they fly off the shelves I would tank the Android and iOS versions.


    I think they are doing it because they want to make sure that choice of mobile platform doesn't pull people away from Office. It's better to have Office on Android, and keep an Office user, than it is to say "all or nothing" and not get anything out of that user at all.
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    redyellowblueblast , October 11, 2012 1:49 AM
    - Or I can just use Google Docs right now for free... I don't understand why people pay for products when there are free alternatives out there that are just as good. As baffling as it is, Microsoft is a master of making people pay for a product that would normally be free elsewhere.
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    bllue , October 11, 2012 2:27 AM
    redyellowblueblast- Or I can just use Google Docs right now for free... I don't understand why people pay for products when there are free alternatives out there that are just as good. As baffling as it is, Microsoft is a master of making people pay for a product that would normally be free elsewhere.

    Office works right and it does it well. Business can't be bothered with wasting time with freeware
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    boferwdkoi , October 11, 2012 5:15 AM
    As baffling as it is, Microsoft is a master of making people pay for a product that would normally be free elsewhere.


    http://www.metropolitanlogistics.com/shipping-heavy-machinery/
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    billgatez , October 11, 2012 8:16 AM
    Office for IOS. Because typing on a touch screen is so nice.
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    Jigo , October 11, 2012 11:05 AM
    Kingsoft Office is really cool on my Nexus7, and it's free. It has a bit of the office 2010 feeling with a ribbon (can be hidden)
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    jerrspud , October 11, 2012 2:19 PM
    will the readers be free?
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    jaquith , October 11, 2012 3:12 PM
    Microsoft is a software company, so they make money selling software. Therefore, it's all about money - period. Selling products on all platforms makes for good business.

    Yeah they manufacture surface, but for now that's it.
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