Microsoft Office Coming To iPad Soon – Updated

Updated: 21/2/2012  20:00 GMT

Since this story has been published, the New York Times is reporting that a Microsoft spokesperson has said

“The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”

The Daily is reporting that Microsoft are hard at work polishing off Office for the iPad and are expected to submit it to the app store for review in the coming weeks. The Daily apparently got a brief hands on with the app and have said that it is somewhat similar to the current OneNote app, but with a few subtle hints of the Metro UI that we will be seeing in Windows 8.

By having the full Office suite on your iPad, you’ll be able to create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations on the go. You’ll also be able to view and edit these files. It’s currently unclear if Microsoft will be supporting the other Office apps such as Outlook or Publisher at launch or at all.

Sources “close to the matter” have confirmed that Microsoft is not working on a version of Office for Android. They’ve also got an updated OneNote iOS app in the works which will reflect the Metro UI somewhat.

We don’t have an exact launch date, but the source claims that the design team has finished work on the project so it’s only a matter of time before it’s released. This could mean that Microsoft will be bringing out Office on the iPad before it’s actually out on any Windows 8 tablets.

It will be interesting to see what Microsoft will be charging for this app. Office for Home & Business currently costs $199.99 which would be a ridiculous price for an app.

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