The last time Microsoft Office for iOS rumors popped up online, and more particularly in The Daily, the Internet not only got its panties in a bunch, but it also got Microsoft a little hot under the collar, forcing the company to take to Twitter to refute the original claims, stating “Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the ‘coming weeks.'” While nothing was ever “made clear” about the information, we are getting another round of Microsoft Office for iOS rumors today.
Jonathan S. Geller, founder of BGR, is reporting that Office for iOS and Android will be available in November:
[quote]BGR has learned from a reliable source that Microsoft is currently planning to release the company’s full Office suite for not only Apple’s iPad, but for Android tablets as well. The company is targeting November of this year for both launches. Additionally, our source has seen Microsoft Office running on an iPad first-hand and has said that it looks almost identical to the previous leak from The Daily a few months back, despite the fact that Microsoft flat out denied that the app was authentic.[/quote]
Whether or not you believe it is up to you, but the move would certainly be smart for Microsoft. Getting Office on all major tablet platforms will ensure that the suite lives on in an entirely post-PC world, should the world ever get to the post-PC state. Contrarily, opponents to that argument suggests that Office on a Microsoft tablet would be a sure-fire way to get the enterprise interested in Microsoft again. There’s no way to tell just where this rumor is heading, but Microsoft has done pretty well with the Office:Mac version of their popular suite. While the suite is a little hobbled in OS X, a similar lite-ish version for iOS and Android and a full-fledged version for Windows 8 Mobile could be something the company considers moving forward.