New Office for Mac to Come Next Spring, Office for iOS Not Arriving Until Fall 2014?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    ZDNet has shared a roadmap it received from a source who claims it is the timetable for Microsoft's plans for both the Mac and iOS versions of Office.

    The map says a new version of Office for Mac will arrive in April 2014, while the long rumored Microsoft Office for iOS and Android will arrive next Autumn, in October 2014.
    The most recent report, from this past December, suggested that Apple and Microsoft were in negotiations over revenue share as part of Microsoft's Office 365 subscription service that launched in January. Apple wants the standard 70/30 split in revenue that is part of its developer license agreement for every developer.

    Microsoft itself has leaked references to Office Mobile for iPhone, Excel for iPad, and PowerPoint for iPad, making clear that Microsoft does have iOS versions in the works.

    Article Link: New Office for Mac to Come Next Spring, Office for iOS Not Arriving Until Fall 2014?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
    can't wait! i actually like ms office, but not their subscription service...
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    It seems like it would be hard to get Office into an iPad App.. It must be for review purposes mostly. How often do you use Numbers or Pages on you iPad?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apple Key

    Jan 4, 2012
    2014 for iOS? Boy it's taking them a really long time. It should have been released a long time ago.
  5. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    2014? Wow, that's only seven years later after the iPhone was introduced...
  6. macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2010
    I won't be upgrading. Outlook 2011 was borked out of the gate and MicroSlop refused to fix it. I'll stick with iWork.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    I use Pages on a regular basis on my iPad. If Apple can do it, so can Microsoft. It doesn't have to be 100% functional.
  9. macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Office is becoming irrelevant. The iPad has flourished despite not having MS Office and that's an encouraging sign. The days of Microsoft software being a "must have" for success are over.

    Today people just care about having some sort of import/export capability and are comfortable with non Microsoft solutions.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2004
    South coast of England
    Question is, when will Apple be good enough to give us an updated iWork?

    And, yes, I do use it on my iPad. :)
  11. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I hope Outlook is actually a usable enterprise application this time.
  12. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    I hope it finally has Version support....and gestures.....and generally works with my OS.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Office 365 is Mac Office 2011; basically just a different way to pay for it. At least for now...

    Why, pray tell, would someone be editing an Office doc on an iPhone? iPad I see, iPhone not so much.

    Any more details? We're looking at switching to Outlook 2011 for calendaring compatibility...
  14. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Surface shows some talented touch UI work. If the extra time means they're rethinking the experience to make it truly touch-centric and user-friendly (in a way Office never has been, including on Surface), it could be worth the wait. Plus they probably want the new re-thinking (if any) to show up on Surface first.

    (I'm imagining something like what Adobe did with Photoshop. They reorganized and rethought the same features--well, a lot of them--and ended up with something better than a "port.")
  15. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Notification Center support for Outlook/Lync would be nice too.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    iOS 7. They usually always have big updates to all their apps when a new iOS is released.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    For personal users Office is already not necessary on a Mac. Sure some students and business types still need it, but for a pretty large chunk of folks iWork or any of the open source programs will work just fine.

    And they are just embarrassing themselves at this point with Office for iOS. MS just needs to come out and say they don't want to release it because at this point that is the only possible explanation for why it isn't already out.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    1st June 4102.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    And crickets chirped.

    In the meantime, we breathlessly await Apple's next move... have they completely abandoned iWork altogether?
  20. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    I have a fairly simple spreadsheet that I update via Numbers on my iPhone all the time.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I use both regularly to run my business. They do (almost) everything I need so I don't even require MS Office anymore. I just wish that Apple would improve compatibility between the mac and iOS versions of iWork.
  22. macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2003
    Amsterdam, OH
    I use Numbers on my iPad every day, for tracking vehicle mileage for business purposes and for keeping track of some bowling records. (Both would be better done with FileMaker Go, but Numbers works.) I don't have pages for iOS yet, but will probably get it soon.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    It's funny you should say that, I met with some MS reps in the fall of 2010 and they hinted that Office for iPad was under development, or at least being strongly considered at that time. 2014??? They don't move too swiftly, do they? :)
  24. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    They just updated it back in December.

  25. macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    Not only could it be fully functional but perhaps even better than the desktop versions.

    But it'll never happen because the type of people who work for a company like M$ are only there to collect a fat paycheck. They prove it year after year with their fail-safe "compromise until the product is embarassingly awful" business model. ;)

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