Microsoft Still Hoping to Bring Office to iPhone?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    TechCrunch reports on comments made by Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft's Business Division, at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco that suggest that Microsoft is still exploring ways to bring its Office suite of applications to the iPhone.
    Fortune reported a year ago that Microsoft's Mac Business Unit was exploring its options for iPhone applications, and it appears that something may still be in the works.

    Article Link: Microsoft Still Hoping to Bring Office to iPhone?
  2. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    This would be great! I hope Apple approves it.
  3. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    Nice! Now to bring my HW assignments to print on campus, I can copy them to my iPhone through the USB, proofread and correct any errors during my commute, then print the final version when I arrive!

    Oh yeah, you can't sync files over the USB. No bother, I'll just use AirSharing to get them on. Oh yeah, an MS Office app wouldn't be able to access AirSharing's files. Hrm, well I can just email them to myself, then email myself a second time if I need to!

    Oh wait...
  4. cthielen macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I assume this means viewers or simple editors. I doubt anybody who want to do serious Office work on their iPhones. That said, Mail can already view PDFs and .doc (and I think .xls?) so ... I'm a bit lost here. Can someone explain the significance of this? Is it just Microsoft showing additional iPhone interest?
  5. TunesRus90 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2007
    While this is intriguing, I am not getting my hopes up. It would have to be pretty full-featured and/or really cheap for me to buy it. I guess Excel and Powerpoint might be nice, but I believe the iPhone can already read most if not all office-related files, and I just don't see that much of a market for mobile document composing beyond what can already be done with other (sometimes free) apps.

    If it were to be created, I see no reason whatsoever for Apple to not approve it. They get 30% of the revenue, why not?
  6. cthielen macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I forget which of the many file sharing apps on the iPhones has which features, but besides Bonjour you can always view a mini-website on your iPhone that has access to your files. I forget if AirSharing has this feature but I know one of the many other apps does and that's fairly universal - hell, I think it even works on Edge/3G (although your IP address is on some AT&T subnet).
  7. dj420118 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    Apple should probably jump in and get iWork on the darn phone already. What is taking them so long!
  8. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Who said that they haven't?

    Office used to be a key strategic part of windows mobile. The ability to have apps on your mobile device that you're used to from your desktop machine. It is a testament to the utter failure of Microsoft's mobile strategy that Microsoft no longer believes keeping Office from the iPhone to be of net economic benefit to the company.
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I hate to be a party crasher, but... I'm against this. If Microsoft does make an iPhone version of Office I will stay away. My reasons are simple: Office on Mac OS (and on Windows) is bloated with features that most people never use, and it's extremely buggy as well.
  10. TheSlush macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2007
    New York, NY
  11. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    ^^^ Ah come on. It was funny. :p

    I agree with your reasoning, but it's Apple, so you never know. :eek:

    They may be hoping to create their own iWorks app for the iPhone and sell it for more money than most other apps at the App store, say $30, and Microsoft's introduction of Office on the iPhone may cut into that profit considerably. I know that if I had a choice, I'd choose Office. Why would I need Pages on my iPhone? Or Numbers? ;) MS Word on the iPhone is the killer app, not anything else offered by MS's Office suite, or iWorks.
  12. knightlie macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2008
    I'd never use it, but I can see how it would be useful for business users, even in just viewer form. But I can't see how they could cram the bloated and swollen useless-feature-fest that is Office onto the iPhone and have it usable. They should probably just make a suite of viewer apps, including perhaps a cut-down powerpoint player.
  13. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i think this would be great for the iphone. i hope it happens soon
  14. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    I'm not sure I would buy, unless it was cheap enough, but the iPhone needs a real, good, office suite, by someone.
  15. muledogus macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2009
    As long as they make it bare enough to be quick.
  16. Virgil-TB2 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    No offence, but a "full-featured" Office is not going to happen for a phone and nor should it. A better design is to work out a basic editor that isn't too cluttered and can perform basic tasks easily. Even more important would be syncing revisions with the web or your other computers or both.

    I'm hoping Apple will come out with a simplified version of Pages and Numbers for the iPhone which are better applications anyway. If I could keep the documents I'm currently working on on MobileMe, access them from the iPhone on the way to work and keep everything in sync, I'd be a happy camper.

    The big killer for MS Office on the iPhone will (IMO) be price. There is no way that MS will make it free, and given the price of their current offerings it will likely be in the $50+ range at minimum.

    Anyone willing to pay that, will probably also be foolish enough to be satisfied, but most won't bother unless their business is paying for it.

    Just like regular Office. ;)
  17. Shuttleworth macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    #17 perhaps? that would be well suited to the iPhone.
  18. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    This would be cool for checking documents on the move etc. Doubt you could do any productive work on it, but when you need to look something up it would be ideal.
  19. MacVixen macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I would like to see Office or iWorks for the phone. I wouldn't use it alot, but it would be convenient for various email attachments that I get at times.

    And this is probably a way stupid question, but... I saw this link posted yesterday - it's not Microsoft official, but wouldn't this do the same thing?

    It says Coming to iPhone April 2009, and based on the prices for the other mobile phones, seems as though it would be about $30 which doesn't seem like a bad price.
  20. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    Id rather them start with msn/hotmail support in Mail.

    As far as business uses go I think outlook could be really big, a lot of people rely on the calendar function heavily for meetings and reminders.
  21. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Microsoft is always "hoping" for a lot of things. It would be nice if you can run MS-Access applications on the iPhone or even the Mac.
  22. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    I think it is more the fact that there is absolutely nothing available in this vein currently.

    Which is really, totally absurd. I mean, yes you're right, I don't want to be laying out pages and writing novels on my pod, but hell, word processing is just about the most basic app there is. It's been almost a year and the best anyone has given us is a couple glorified notes applications that have fewer features than text edit. Throw us a damn bone here—anything will do.
  23. macfan881 macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    and watch knowing how ridiculsy priced office is for pc and mac watch the iphone app be 50 bucks.
  24. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    As a side note to those discussing cost—if Google would just get GoogleDocs working on the iPhone, we'd be good.
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Yes, they just screwed their existing customers by re-badging MobileFiles Pro (made to appear like a general file storage/reading/editing) to Quicksheet (which can only edit Excel files).

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