A new report out today says work on Microsoft Office for iPad is complete, and the app will soon be submitted to Apple for approval.
Fittingly, the report is an exclusive in The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper. They even say they’ve had some hands on time with the upcoming app:
A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.
Their sources also say there is not an Android version in the works at this time; and that an updated OneNote iOS app will be released ‘to reflect the Metro design language’. That last part would be quite nice to see – as OneNote is a very nice app, but they currently have only an iPhone version.
And of course Microsoft Office for iPad is a big, big deal. For tons of iPad users, especially those using it within a corporate environment, this will be an essential suite to have. For Microsoft, it may be their best way of gaining any momentum in the tablet arena – through their software.
Wouldn’t it be fun if this was one of the new apps announced at the (expected) iPad 3 unveiling next month? I doubt it would be a headline app, as those will presumably be examples that take great advantage of a new retina quality display; but it would still be a big-name to talk about and highlight the quality and range of apps in the iPad App Store.