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Old Dec 10, 2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Microsoft Leaks References to 'Office Mobile for iPhone', 'Excel for iPad' and 'PowerPoint for iPad'




Building upon a series of reports about Microsoft's apparent efforts to bring its Office productivity suite to iOS, The Verge last month shared a few screenshots and noted that the suite would be offered in early 2013 as a set of free apps with viewing abilities that could be upgraded with basic editing tools through a Microsoft 360 subscription. Microsoft has, however, been rather cryptic in its public comments on the Office for iOS project, leaving a number of questions about just what the company's plans are.

As noted by Mac4ever, references to several Office for iOS applications have begun creeping into Microsoft's support site, albeit as product tags that appear to have been applied improperly to support articles.

One example is a document addressing custom numeric formats in Excel. On the support site for the United States, the document is listed as applying to Excel 2013, while on the French support site it is incorrectly listed as applying to Excel for iPad. Searches for similar phrases throughout Microsoft's support site yield a number of other references, including "Excel for iPad", "PowerPoint for iPad", and "Office Mobile for iPhone".

While the appearance of these new product tags doesn't offer any additional information on Microsoft's plans, it does seem to confirm the products' existence and that the company is working toward building out support site infrastructure for them ahead of their debut.

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Old Dec 10, 2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Too bad their badly gimped versions that require a subscription

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Old Dec 10, 2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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This will change the way people see the iPad.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 02:00 PM   #4
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This will change the way people see the iPad.
Exactly. If they offer a fully baked office programme, fully compatible with existing office documents then for the Enterprise, iPad use will explode.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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This will change the way people see the iPad.
agreed, the number of people using the ipad for productivity will substantially increase IMHO - all we need now is a hafd decent back-lit keyboard!
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i like pages, numbers, and keynote better
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I don't like Apple's iWork, and I completely use Apple software wherever possible. It's nice that it hooks into iCloud though.

Being an Office user on both OS X and Windows, this could be a great development. But I see it being both very expensive, and it will probably lack functionality.
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I would rather pull out my eyes and put them on cocktail sticks than use those apps. This is one thing that MS has wrapped up, leave it to the professionals.
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I would rather pull out my eyes and put them on cocktail sticks than use those apps. This is one thing that MS has wrapped up, leave it to the professionals.

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I would rather pull out my eyes and put them on cocktail sticks than use those apps. This is one thing that MS has wrapped up, leave it to the professionals.
Really?? What do you dislike about iWork?
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Subscription based to edit? I'll pass. Is Office really needed these days?

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Microsoft greedy? Sorta pot, kettle, black if you ask me...
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My daughter has to have MS Office for school. She wants a laptop but I'm not willing to pay for it, if MS can release a decent version for iOS, I'll buy it and she can use it on her iPad. The $$ for the app will no doubt be cheaper than a laptop.
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One billion Office users worldwide will say it's definitely needed - especially among enteprise / business users and college users, where document compatibility is extremely important. Besides, other than Keynote, Pages & Numbers don't hold a candle to Word & Excel - especially Excel.
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Apple isn't greedy at all, as we all know. Not in any way, shape, or form.
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Microsoft Office for iOS. Only $19.99*!




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yes this will be huge for iOS in general.

Yet I can't help but feel there would be a LOT of great word processor/spreadsheet/presentation applications (on all platforms) if there was better open document support that people and businesses actually use. Word compatibility in Pages was never that great for complex documents (headers, footers, TOC, etc.), Excel will never be replaced because of all those business critical VBA scripts. it's the worst kind of vendor lock in. rant over, thanks for listening.
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i like pages, numbers, and keynote better
Me too—except, Keynote only by reputation. Word and Excel’s usability is great.... if you have years of habits to dull the pain. I don’t, so I despise them. (I’m more likely to use OpenOffice anyway... which I also despise, but they don’t charge me for it.)


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Exactly. If they offer a fully baked office programme, fully compatible with existing office documents then for the Enterprise, iPad use will explode.
Which is why MS won’t do that. They’ll deliver something halfway. Which might still be well-designed, and might be useful for some purposes.

Meanwhile, third parties (like OnLive Desktop, even—which is FULL Office) meet the iOS Office need—not perfectly, but not bad either.
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Which is why MS won’t do that. They’ll deliver something halfway. Which might still be well-designed, and might be useful for some purposes.
Agreed. Microsoft doesn't do anything for the Apple platform without gimping it in some way.
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i like pages, numbers, and keynote better
so it means you even don't use them (Pages, Numbers)?
Pages suks, Numbers even worst.
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I wonder how Microsoft is going to shoehorn the Windows 8 desktop onto iOS.
You know, so Office users can have the same experience on iOS and Windows RT.
After seeing the way many multi-platform apps translate from Android, MacOS, iOS, Windows, Linux, etc. I have a feeling that the iOS version will be dumbed down a bit. I was shocked to see how much the previous version of Evernote looked on an iPhone after using it on my iPad and Android phone for so long.

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so it means you even don't use them (Pages, Numbers)?
Pages suks, Numbers even worst.
For the tablet versions I would agree, and am still crossing my fingers for a total revamp of the software. The desktop versions haven't changed since 2009 and the iOS versions are too much of a breakaway in terms of UI.

Numbers on the iPad is just about unusable unless you just want to look at or make simple edits to your spreadsheet, and since none of them play nice with Dropbox or Google Drive you're left with virtually no solid cross-platform cloud solution.
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so it means you even don't use them (Pages, Numbers)?
Pages suks, Numbers even worst.
no it means i do use them. i use them all the time for college. ands it's spelled sucks, not suks
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