Talk of Microsoft Office showing up on Android and iOS devices is headlining tech sites once again. This time there’s some solid evidence in support of a mobile Office suite. Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek reportedly told Czech site IHNED that Office software for Android and iOS is coming in 2013.
The software will arrive as native apps on the mobile platforms, according to Bobek. Not long after the announcement, The Verge came forward with claims to have seen a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team. The release confirms the software will be coming to the two most popular mobile operating systems alongside Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS and Symbian.
We’ve been hearing rumors of a version of Office for the iPad for the better part of a year now. The Daily was the first to report the story last November and even followed up on their article with a photo showing the app running on an iPad. Microsoft adamantly denied the accusations, claiming the story was based on inaccurate rumors and speculation.
More recent rumors suggested we would see an Android and iOS app surface in November. There’s still time for that to happen but based on the latest information, Microsoft will miss that target date. Instead, we’re now told to expect Office Mobile to arrive in March 2013.
The press release also points out that Office 2013 will be available to businesses in December. A consumer launch isn’t expected until the end of February 2013, however.