Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that the software maker is planning to release native iOS and Android versions of Office 2013 next year. Speaking at a conference today, he told INHED that the native apps will be available by March 2013.
“In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian,” says the Microsoft Czech Team. Office for iPad has reportedly been in the works for a long time, as consumers wanted Microsoft’s own Office Suite on iOS. It will offer consumers a way to access Word,Excel and Powerpoint on their iPad.
A press release also mentions that Office 2013 is ready, and will be available to businesses in December 2012, while a consumer launch is scheduled for February 2013. “Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013,” says Microsoft.
A U.S spokesperson has said that Microsoft is yet to announce the retail availability for the new Office. “We have said previously Office Mobile will work across Windows Phones, Android phones and iOS.”
Also, Microsoft has released the following update on the matter:
“The information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate. We do not have anything further to share at this time.”