Microsoft Leaks References to 'Office Mobile for iPhone', 'Excel for iPad' and 'PowerPoint for iPad'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Microsoft Leaks References to 'Office Mobile for iPhone', 'Excel for iPad' and 'PowerPoint for iPad'
  2. macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2012
    Too bad their badly gimped versions that require a subscription

    No thanks
  3. macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2008
    This will change the way people see the iPad.
  4. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2012
    I've become a Microsoft Office junkie. I'm hooked and can't get off it.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    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.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    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.
  10. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southampton, UK
    Exactly. If they offer a fully baked office programme, fully compatible with existing office documents then for the Enterprise, iPad use will explode.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    Subscription based to edit? I'll pass. Is Office really needed these days?

    The greedy monster that is Microsoft rises from the depths of the sea. Tokyo is that way!
  12. pgiguere1, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Microsoft Office for iOS. Only $19.99*!

    *$6/month Office 365 subscription required for all features that matter.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Microsoft greedy? Sorta pot, kettle, black if you ask me...
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    In these occasions, I think that there is someone purposely leaking the rumor, then picking up a bag of pop corn and enjoying the news and comments.

    Yes, I'm talking to you.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    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.
  16. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    Hopefully Apple can do a good job job with their own office suite. Just like they did with maps. :eek:
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA

    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.
  18. ChristianJapan, Dec 10, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012

    macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    If it really render all the PPT files equally to desktop and keeps my beloved Pivot Table on iPad I would even pay a subscription... Because the the iPad could replace my laptop/desktop.
    Today those two file types are the most used in enterprise with no real good alternative.
    But: I fear Office/PPT/Excel will be quite reduced in functionality down to uselessness.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    If the subscription bit it true, I'll also take a pass. I'd rather pay $20 outright for Word on iOS with full functionality than have to pay yet another monthly fee.
  20. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    Home users probably aren't the target demographic here - and a lot of offices will already be fully tied into Office 365. If collaboration with other users is supported, this will probably relegate iWork into a niche role (more than it already is, anyway).

    I'd love it if we could use iWork for this sort of thing, but Apple's cloud-based collaboration tools simply do not exist. Synching between devices is nice; but sharing with other users is a bigger deal. Having to "share" by sending documents via email to other people is a throwback to 1995 - hopefully Apple plans on remedying that soon. Heck, even tying directly into Dropbox would work... but that's not going to happen.
  21. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    It's Never A Good Night To Have A Curse
    #21 did you...

  22. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2011
    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.
  23. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Bahaha you're on an apple site bro! No one has higher margins than apple.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2008
    great - because the garbage coming out of the marketing departments was not bad enough when they were on actual computers. Can not wait to see what they make on their little toys.
  25. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    If it gets the iCloud integration I will buy it.
    If not? Then not.

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