iPad Rumors: Microsoft Office for iPad to Launch in November

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Microsoft Office for iPad

We’ve been hearing rumors and reports for months now on the prospect of Microsoft Office for iPad. The Daily – the iPad-only newspaper – were first to report on this back in February, and this week they’ve got a new report up stating that there’s now a specific launch date for Microsoft Office for iPad.

According to The Daily, Office for iPad is set to launch on November 10. Here’s some more detail from their latest report on how far along progress on the app is:

We’ve learned that the development team within Office Mobile finished its work on the project last month, and the efforts of the design group wrapped soon after. The app is  now in the hands of a usability team that appraises software that utilizes the Metro design language for “Metro compliance” and suggests changes as needed. When approved by the team, the app likely will go to Apple for app store approval, which could take a couple of weeks.

So the app is very nearly ready to be released according to the above information; which begs the question whey hold it all the way until November. Perhaps to give Windows 8 based tablets a run of a few months of exclusivity on an Office app before letting it hit the iPad – though that window is obviously getting smaller all the time until a Windows 8 tablet is actually released.

In any case, it’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be seeing Office for iPad before the end of this year.

Patrick Jordan

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5 thoughts on “iPad Rumors: Microsoft Office for iPad to Launch in November”

  1. This will be the moment, the world of mobile users switches over to iPads and dump their Windows computers. Laptop and possible desktop. Writing, photography, voice recording , emailing all in one place. Glorious it will be! FaceTime will outrule Skype once the new comers understand how easy it is to use iMessage along side with it Reddledocs should make a killing in sales with Dropbox and personal server setup up for file sharing.

    1. It will definitely be a big deal if/when this happens (and I think we’re really talking when by now). For starters there are tons of corporate users who will likely jump straight on this.

  2. They’ll have to prove that it’s a lot better than Documents to Go before I feel the need to purchase it. With DtG I’m not missing Office(tm) at all.

    1. Good point. There’s a lot of very worthy competition for MS Office by now. Docs to Go, Quick Office, Office2HD with its Google Docs support, and of course Apple’s iWork suite. Keynote in particular is just a spectacular app.

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