Microsoft Office for iOS Said to Launch in Early 2013, Offer Only Basic Functionality

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    There has been a significant amount of discussion about Microsoft's rumored plans to bring Office to iOS devices, and The Verge now weighs in with additional details and a few screenshots from the project. According to the report, Office Mobile for iOS and Android will launch in early 2013 but will not offer anything close a true Office experience, with the editing functionality it does offer coming through an Office 365 subscription.
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    The report indicates that Office Mobile for iOS is currently planned for launch in late February or early March, with the Android version following several months later.

    Article Link: Microsoft Office for iOS Said to Launch in Early 2013, Offer Only Basic Functionality
     
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    That's all I needed to hear. Time to download Pages and such. MS, I'm done.
     
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    Took this long to offer "basic functionality"? Why bother then? There's already applications that can open Office documents.
     
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    Good plan, MS. I wish it was out already, but this will do too.
     
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    I'm sure functionality will improve. It's going to be version 1.0 so not much is to be expected. I'd like to see the ability to write in Word even though some advanced features are disabled without subscription.
     
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    But they aren't officially supported. That goes a long way in the corporate sector, where Office is indispensible. And with more corporations using iOS devices, cross-platform compatibility is not a bad thing.

    Plus, needing a 360 sub for additional functionality will generate some money as well. This is the best thing MS could have done.
     
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    Sounds like a step back from the 3rd party solutions that already exist.
     
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    PowerPoint for iOS: the ultimate presentation tool.
     
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    When the surface goes tits up, iOS will then get full functionality with a small upgrade price.
     
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    I don't get it. You can already view Office documents on iOS. You can also both view, edit and create .doc files in Pages, which costs merely $9.99, once, no need for a subscription.
     
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    So... Microsoft is going to kick 30% to Apple for subscriptions to the Office 365 service? Isn't part of the T&C of the AppStore?
     
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    What a great idea! That's just what I always wanted, to pay for the same app functionality over and over again, year after year.
     
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    In which case they might as well not bother.
     
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    Well bang goes my idea of using a wireless keyboard with my iPad for Office. A Macbook Pro it is then.
     
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    Isn't docstogo available since 2010? It can edit office documents AFAIK (basic options)
     
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    Not worth it Microsoft

    "Microsoft will allow iOS users to purchase an Office 365 subscription within the app, or let organizations distribute codes to enable Office Mobile editing for users. The apps will allow for basic editing, but we're told this won't go very far in attempting to replace regular full use of a desktop Office version."


    No use wasting room of iOS for junk from Microsoft.
     
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    Honestly I hope basic functionality means I could edit, save, upload and download file from device, like with file apps or at least skydrive option.

    The thing is that all of my documents are using the new standard of .docx
     
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    So? .docx works too. I don't know if you can save it as docx, but you sure as hell can view and edit .docx
     
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    Like Google Docs, but Office.
     
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    Whether MS likes it or not, iOS is the dominant mobile OS with business. And the iPad is the standard all other tablets strive to be. I don't need or want limited function Office. I want full featured Office, and have no problem paying for it either.
     
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    But Pages always has, and always will, suck.
     
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    Office is the only thing MS has going for it and its only chance to be at the table in the post-PC era. Shame they haven't quite realised that yet
     
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    Microsoft truly missed a lot of revenue by not offering Office for iOS all these years.
     

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