Microsoft Office for iOS and Android purportedly slated to arrive in 2013 [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Rumors of a version of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android have been floating around for some time now, but it sounds like the software may finally be hitting virtual shelves next year. According to Czech site IHNED, Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that Office 2013 for both iOS and Android are expected to be available in March 2013. Additionally, a Microsoft press release read by The Verge allegedly says that "Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian." The release goes on to say that Office 2013 will be launched to businesses in December and consumers in February 2013, while "Office products for mobile (phones and tablets)" is expected to hit in March 2013.
While a version of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android may not be something that every smartphone owner will purchase, a version of Office for the two most popular mobile platforms is still likely a highly-anticipated piece of software. There are certainly alternatives available on each platform, like Apple's own iWork suite for iOS users, but I'm sure that many folks would flock to an official version of Office for their iOS or Android device. With an arrival scheduled for March, it looks like those customers may still have a bit of a wait ahead of them, but at least it looks like Office may finally be headed to iOS and Android. How many of you would be interested in downloading Office for your iOS or Android device?
UPDATE: Frank Shaw, lead of corporate communications for Microsoft, has sent out a tweet saying that the information shared by its Czech subsidiary "is not accurate."