Previously we reported that Microsoft delayed the “Gemini” touch-focused apps for Office 2013 in order to work on the Android version of the suite. Now there’s evidence on Microsoft’s SharePoint site revealing that the company is gearing up for a private beta of the upcoming software.
The site doesn’t specify if the pre-release program will in fact include Office for Android, provide the long-awaited Office for Windows “Gemini” apps to eager customers, or offer both sets. In fact, right now Microsoft appears to have put the beta submissions on temporary hold, possibly due to a large turnout.
“Thank you for your interest in Microsoft Office programs!” the site reads for now “We are in the process of updating our submission site and expect it to be back online soon. We will be accepting applications throughout the next several weeks and hope you return later in the week to submit your interest.”
Previous rumors had pegged the Gemini apps as appearing in this quarter, and currently there’s no answers as to why they’re late save for the Office for Android rumor. Now there’s talk that the Gemini apps won’t be available until Spring 2015 when Windows Threshold is due to arrive.
PCWorld reports that the pre-release program will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, Access, Publisher and Outlook. The program will also be open to businesses, who will also see beta versions of Exchange, Project and SharePoint.
Microsoft released Office for iPad back in March, which contains Word, Excel and PowerPoint for free. By May, the suite was downloaded by iPad owners a whopping 27 million times; 12 million times within the first week. The catch is that customers need a subscription to the Office 365 service, which costs $99 per year or $9.99 per month.