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Microsoft Office Coming to iOS and Android

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Office in your pocket next spring.

Between Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, the Surface, the new Xbox Dashboard, and SmartGlass, Microsoft has had a pretty big month. Still, just because the company is celebrating launches across many different divisions, that doesn't mean it's willing to talk about just anything. One thing Redmond has kept pretty quiet about is Office for iOS and Android.

However, it seems someone is willing to talk. The Verge cites several sources close to Microsoft's plans that say the company will release Office for Android and iOS in early 2013. This matches up nicely with reports we heard in early October that said native Microsoft Office apps will launch on both iOS and Android next March.

The Verge reports that Office for Android and iOS will require Microsoft account.The first time a user launches the app, he or she can purchase an Office 365 subscription that will allow editing functionality. Without an Office 365 subscription, Office Mobile users will be restricted to basic viewing functionality for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents.

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    belardo , November 8, 2012 12:22 PM
    Good.... also it shows that the NEED for a Windows-based computer is that much lower.
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    arnoldlouie , November 8, 2012 12:32 PM
    I would assume it doesn't have all the features that the desktop ms office has.. anyway they should release a better version for windows 8 phones just to piss people with iphones.. but maybe they don't use ms office... too busy with facebook and youtube.
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    ronch79 , November 8, 2012 12:36 PM
    Just to be expected. Microsoft knows that they have to "skate to the puck" (in AMD speak), else the puck will leave them behind. ARM is booming nowadays, so MS knows they have to enter the picture. It's the same with Android.
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    rosen380 , November 8, 2012 12:59 PM
    Maybe the Windows Phone 8 version could include the Office 365 subscription...? If you are looking for a small device with access to view AND edit Excel/World/PowerPoint docs, saving $70 a year would probably push lots of people to Windows 8 phones.
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    fuzzion , November 8, 2012 12:59 PM
    Microsoft had a big month of fails.
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    niccolo999 , November 8, 2012 3:32 PM
    If they do this they'll loose their advantage of having Surface the only productivity tablet...
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    basketcase87 , November 8, 2012 4:14 PM
    Really? I have to subscribe to something now so that I can use MS Office? No thanks.
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    rosen380 , November 8, 2012 4:25 PM
    Well, if the options were to shell out $100-150 for on office license or pay $6 a month, which do you prefer?

    After 18-24 months, you'd be at break-even, so then buying might make more sense over the long haul... except that when that new version of Office comes out you are shelling out another $100-150 for that.

    If you will always want the current version available, then it doesn't make a lot of difference-- if you are the guy currently using Office 2003, then I guess buying a full license is probably the better value.

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    falchard , November 8, 2012 5:31 PM
    Quote:
    Maybe the Windows Phone 8 version could include the Office 365 subscription...? If you are looking for a small device with access to view AND edit Excel/World/PowerPoint docs, saving $70 a year would probably push lots of people to Windows 8 phones.


    It comes with Office for free and connects to SkyDrive.
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    southernshark , November 8, 2012 7:44 PM
    I always just burned an illegal copy of it.
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    alidan , November 8, 2012 8:38 PM
    falchardIt comes with Office for free and connects to SkyDrive.


    looking at office, its 350 per pc... the hell it cost so much for... at least in a non business setting.
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    bystander , November 8, 2012 10:10 PM
    falchardIt comes with Office for free and connects to SkyDrive.

    I keep seeing people talk about phones, but I'm pretty sure this would be aimed at tablets.
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    ipwn3r456 , November 9, 2012 12:49 AM
    And pricing? Over $9000?
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    ethanolson , November 9, 2012 12:53 AM
    alidanlooking at office, its 350 per pc... the hell it cost so much for... at least in a non business setting.


    That price lines up with the business pro version with all the goodies. There's a lot you can do with that version on a PC that you can't do with these smartphones.