October 11, 2012
Office Web Apps And Even More Office For iOS Rumors
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
The next several months could be huge for Microsoft Office lovers, as a pair of stories has been released today which suggest web apps for Office could be coming this month with Android and iOS apps coming in March 2013. Microsoft has officially announced the release of Office Web Apps, according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, though the presence of those elusive mobile Office apps continues to go unconfirmed by Microsoft officials.
Microsoft announced earlier this year they´d be releasing all of their Office 2013 components at once, but these recent reports seem to suggest otherwise.
According to ZDNet, these Office Web Apps will ship to current Office 365 customers near the end of the month. Microsoft released a public beta of their newest Office software, codenamed “Office 15” in July. This beta contained new versions of these Web Apps. Just as it sounds, these Web Apps are versions of Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Word which are accessible on the web, making collaboration easier and more seamless.
“We update Office 365 with new capabilities on quarterly basis and sometimes more frequently. This is part of our regular cadence of updates," said a Microsoft spokesperson when asked about Web Apps´ arrival, suggesting that everything is proceeding just as it had always been planned.
Microsoft officials have also confirmed to ZDNet that the final version of Office Home & Student RT will begin rolling out to customers between November and January. This software package will also be included with Windows-RT based devices.
As for Office on Android and iOS, Microsoft HQ still holds that these are just nasty rumors. These rumors, on the other hand, have been popping up for nearly a year now, with Microsoft denying them every time.
Today, one Microsoft product manager went rogue, confirming to Czech news site IHNED that these new mobile apps will soon arrive in March 2013.
A press release was later issued from Czech Microsoft. The Verge says they were able to peruse this press release which confirmed that Office apps for these mobile platforms are soon to come.
"In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian," reads the press release, which also took the time to acknowledge the aforementioned Web Apps. This press release also said these mobile versions of Office would ship first to businesses this December, then arrive for consumers in March.
"Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013,” reads the release.
When The Verge reached out to Microsoft for confirmation, a U.S.-based spokesperson said they´ve yet to announce retail availability for the new Office as well as confirming once again that it will work across multiple platforms.
Later, another statement was released by Microsoft which reads: “The information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate. We do not have anything further to share at this time.”
So, Office could be available for mobile devices at some point, but Microsoft has yet to feel comfortable enough to admit it.