Reports suggest Office for iPad is still coming, despite Microsoft's denial

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Though Microsoft has portrayed a hands-on report with a purported pre-release build of Office for iPad as "inaccurate," rumors continue to point toward an iPad-optimized version of Office being a reality.



A "working prototype" of Office for iPad was detailed on Tuesday by Matt Hickey of The Daily, News Corp's iPad news publication. But Microsoft quickly dismissed the details as "based on inaccurate rumors and speculation."



Following Microsoft's denial, Peter Ha, the news organization's editor of its Apps & Tech section, took to his official Twitter account to claim that an image that accompanied the story in The Daily showing a purported screenshot of Office for iPad was not fake. He also shared a picture of the supposed iOS icon for Microsoft's Office application.



He also hinted at more details to come, stating that if Microsoft was unhappy with the original report detailing Office for iPad, "they likely won't be happy with our follow up." Later on Tuesday, he tweeted, "Today was fun. Let's do it again tomorrow!"



Separately, Microsoft insider Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet wrote a column stating that Microsoft's "denial" does not mean that the company is not building Office for the iPad. In fact, she said she expects that the Redmond, Wash., software company actually is working on a version of its productivity suite for Apple's touchscreen tablet.



"So what about Microsoft's claims that The Daily's photos weren't of a real Microsoft product?" she wrote. "Remember: If something like the actual UI screen in a photo isn't yet final and subject to change in anyway, Microsoft execs technically can say this with a (semi) straight face)."











For its part, Microsoft's Corporate Communications arm took to its official Twitter account to release its own statement: "Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that'll be clear in the 'coming weeks.'"



The "coming weeks" quote from Microsoft refers to the original story from author Matt Hickey, who indicated that Office for iPad could soon be submitted for approval to Apple's App Store and released, as he said, "in the coming weeks." Foley said such quick availability of the application strikes her as "potentially overly optimistic."



Hickey's hands-on impressions with Office claimed that it will allow users to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint photos locally and online, in an application that uses Microsoft's trademark Metro user interface.



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  • wizard69wizard69 Posts: 11,517member
    Terrible reporting.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,984member
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    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post


    Terrible reporting.



    And Apple said they weren't making a phone. But yet here we see two screenshots of Office on an iPad.
  • jpellinojpellino Posts: 557member
    We need an iPad3 (processor, rez) to even think about actual end users running Office under iOS. But since we can't let that cat out of the bag, we're reduced to making you think we need a few weeks to get our act together. Since we have a history of barely getting our act together on forward looking products, you're buying it. Plus we planted all those images of goofy staged funerals and similar cosplay "events" so you probably figure we're very busy putting together a garish float that will announce this in New Orleans, sadly two weeks after the actual Mardi Gras. Dang. We should totally do that!
  • 801801 Posts: 271member
    Or maybe it should read:



    Oops, we promised to let this be revealed at the keynote presentation. Its just we are so excited about this product that our undisiplined employees spilled the beans. Thank god Steve's not around anymore since this major announcement will fall flat now. Hope they don't kick us out of the keynote. Sorry.
  • bmwtwistybmwtwisty Posts: 1member
    Microsoft couldn't do a better job than CloudOn so they just bought the company and put the MS logo on it. That's my story and I'm sticking' with it.
  • andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    Could we see a simultaneous iPad 3 and Office for iPad release? Thats the product that Apple pimps in it's keynote?



    Before people start thinking it would never happen- if Office is $50 (or whatever)- thats still $15 that Apple gets for doing absolutely nothing. They'll be quite happy promoting a product that will sell a lot (because for the most part- if you were going to buy their iWork suite- you would've done it already).
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,984member
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    Originally Posted by Andysol View Post


    Could we see a simultaneous iPad 3 and Office for iPad release? Thats the product that Apple pimps in it's keynote?



    Apple. Talk about a Microsoft product. In a keynote.



    Sure.



    Quote:

    (because for the most part- if you were going to buy their iWork suite- you would've done it already).



    Or? you don't even have an iPad yet?
  • charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,068member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    And Apple said they weren't making a phone. But yet here we see two screenshots of Office on an iPad.



    True. I think that Microsoft would be dumb not to be working on Office for the iPad but then again at this late point is there an audience left. As you say most folks that have an iPad got Pages etc (or one of the clone office apps) already. So perhaps they are not and what was seen was actually for their own tablets.



    or maybe they are but that wasn't a shot of the app at all or it isn't 'near to ready' as some articles are claiming and that's what they are disputing more than anything else. Not that they are working on a possible app/apps
  • charlitunacharlituna Posts: 7,068member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 801 View Post


    Or maybe it should read:



    Oops, we promised to let this be revealed at the keynote presentation..



    Apple doesn't pimp products from other companies when they made their own. So it would be Apple's iWork apps they would talk about, not Office.
  • bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member
    Please. Why keep it a secret? Office has no competition.
  • onthebottomonthebottom Posts: 1member
    Or perhaps M$ doesn't want to give people yet another reason to buy an iPad 3 until they release a W8 tablet.....



    I would expect (unfortunately) a delay that allows M$ several months of exclusive MS Office



    OTB
  • mkralmkral Posts: 56member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post


    True. I think that Microsoft would be dumb not to be working on Office for the iPad but then again at this late point is there an audience left. As you say most folks that have an iPad got Pages etc (or one of the clone office apps) already. So perhaps they are not and what was seen was actually for their own tablets.



    LOTS of people who have pages, etc will still buy Office iPad if/when it comes out. As good as the iWork apps are, having the real office on the iPad would make life a lot simpler in many ways.
  • tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 39,984member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post


    Please. Why keep it a secret? Office has no competition.



    Indeed. Even NeoOffice beats the crap out of Office. Office hasn't had any competition since iWork '06 supplanted it.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mkral View Post


    ?having the real office on the iPad?



    I weep for the people who think they're actually going to get the "real Office" by buying this. I weep for the people who think their files will actually be compatible with the Mac and PC versions of Office when exporting them from any mobile version.
  • stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member
    "Coming weeks" ...



    That would precede Windows 8. What are the odds of Office being available on iPad before Win8 tablets are available?
  • ronboronbo Posts: 669member
    inaccurate != untrue



    Almost everything can be called inaccurate. If a single detail is wrong but everything else is right, or if a everything is right but a single detail is missing, you can call it inaccurate. This is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. Let MS hold on to their secrets and try and be showmen. I'll keep using Pages quite happily. When they show me Word for iPad, I'll look at it. On the desktop, I use both. Each for different things.
  • dick applebaumdick applebaum Posts: 11,306member


    C'mon guys think about it!

    1. MS needs Office on a Tablet in 2012



    2. We won't see a WOA Windows 8 ARM tablet until 2013, if ever



    3. Maybe we'll see acceptable x86 tablets capable of running Office in 2013-2014



    4. Enterprise is buying iPads in increasingly large numbers for the foreseeable future 2012-2015



    5. Enterprise needs MS Office tablet capability/compatibility



    6. MS and Apple are currently best frenemies



    7. MS can make $, gain experience and keep its Office options open with an iPad release



    8. Apple will gain enterprise penetration with Office on the iPad



    9. It is not unusual for Apple to feature MS (Apple BU) at a product announcement -- been done many times



    10. MS needs Office on a Tablet in 2012

  • mkralmkral Posts: 56member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post




    C'mon guys think about it!

    1. MS needs Office on a Tablet in 2012



    2. We won't see a WOA Windows 8 ARM tablet until 2013, if ever



    3. Maybe we'll see acceptable x86 tablets capable of running Office in 2013-2014



    4. Enterprise is buying iPads in increasingly large numbers for the foreseeable future 2012-2015



    5. Enterprise needs MS Office tablet capability/compatibility



    6. MS and Apple are currently best frenemies



    7. MS can make $, gain experience and keep its Office options open with an iPad release



    8. Apple will gain enterprise penetration with Office on the iPad



    9. It is not unusual for Apple to feature MS (Apple BU) at a product announcement -- been done many times



    10. MS needs Office on a Tablet in 2012




    11. Microsoft needs to slow down Android Tablets as much as possible while they prepare to launch their tablet. Office for iPad (& later Office for Windows Tablets) is the perfect way to do that.
  • mkralmkral Posts: 56member
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    I weep for the people who think they're actually going to get the "real Office" by buying this. I weep for the people who think their files will actually be compatible with the Mac and PC versions of Office when exporting them from any mobile version.



    Kind of thick on the melodrama, but whatever. I guess time will tell. I keep reading about problems importing/exporting docs from Office PC to Mac & vice versa. I have had zero problems with Word & Excel using Office 2011 for Mac & Office 2007 for PC. It works perfectly fine every time. There are some challenges with PowerPoint, but nothing I haven't been able to work around. I don't expect the iPad version to be able to do everything that the full version can, but I will be surprised if there are any conversion issues (besides limitations in the iPad version.) I guess we will see in a few weeks which one of us is right.
  • pxtpxt Posts: 683member
    If Microsoft released this with a companion new Office for Mac that synced iPad documents with Office documents on the Mac's file system ( not in the cloud ) then I'd not only buy the suite but might even consider an iPad.



    If Microsoft also made a mini version for the iPhone, then I'd take that too.
  • pxtpxt Posts: 683member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Indeed. Even NeoOffice beats the crap out of Office. Office hasn't had any competition since iWork '06 supplanted it.







    I weep for the people who think they're actually going to get the "real Office" by buying this. I weep for the people who think their files will actually be compatible with the Mac and PC versions of Office when exporting them from any mobile version.



    If there's any exporting involved, then I'd say that Microsoft have made as much a mess of it as Apple.



    What I'd like to see is Microsoft define a sub-set format (Excel Mobile - wasn't that an oil tanker?) of features that would be guaranteed to be supported on any device, possibly even through a browser.
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