Microsoft went on the offensive today, calling reports of Office on the iPad untrue. Earlier today The Daily‘s Matt Hickey published a report that suggested that Microsoft Office would be on its way to the iPad in the coming weeks, but it didn’t take long for Microsoft to issue a public reply to the New York Times regarding the rumors:[quote]The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment … The screenshot is not Microsoft’s software [/quote]
Many have been hoping that Microsoft would release Office for the iPad since the company has begun rolling out applications like OneNote and Xbox Live over the last couple of months. It turns out Office may not be coming to the iPad any time soon, which isn’t all that surprising. With Microsoft working on Windows 8 based tablets, it wouldn’t make too much sense to release office for the iPad before an official Microsoft tablet offering hits the shelves. If there’s anything that could get Microsoft back into the mobile/tablet war, it’s going to be an Office tablet edition. It pains me to say, but it would obviously be a smart, and strategic, move.