Peter Bobek, Microsoft’s product manager, confirmed Office 2013 will arrive in native app form for iOS and Android.
Office 2013 is nearing a release for iOS and Android devices, though Microsoft did not official confirm the products
Tech website The Verge confirmed the reports with a press release it saw, soon to be released seemingly. It says Office will be available on Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS, and Symbian, along with Windows of course. The press release also confirms new Office web apps will release. When, though, isn’t confirmed.
Office for Mac is available now; Office for iPad isn’t though, despite consistent rumours. Microsoft’s releases on Mac OS X are serviceable, if not completely reliable. With the expectation of a high quality user experience on iOS, Microsoft probably can’t get away with building half-hearted apps. The software giant knows about a high quality user experience with the release of Windows 8. The new advertisements, leaked, focus on Modern UI, perhaps the better designed half of Windows 8.
The third announcement, also not confirmed, is business will get Office 2013, in December 2012, though what’s described as a consumer launch will happen during February 2013. March 2013 sees the release of Office 365 and unspecified mobile products aside from Office 2013 mobile.
Microsoft didn’t confirm the news; however it did reiterate Office is confirmed to work across iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
While the iPad remains the market leader, its productivity can be improved. When you’re working on an iPad and switch between apps quickly you’ll realise it’s anything but quick. Office 2013, and future versions, will probably arrive on Windows 8. Snapping it and the browser, for example, together could attract more users to work on a tablet. The post-PC era won’t arrive until productivity on a tablet can match the speed of a laptop.
When the app finally releases the experience will probably look similar to iOS, or iOS similar to Windows 8 depending on your viewpoint. Microsoft highlight the similar design elements between the platforms.
Windows 8 launches October 26 worldwide. October 25 sees a celebration event for the operating system, with Surface launching at midnight. Perhaps we’ll see more devices, from third-party manufacturers, though that’s conjecture.
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