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Rumor: Microsoft to Release Office for Android Tablets this November?

The newest rumor to begin circulating the Interwebz has Microsoft pegged to release their Office suite of apps for Android tablets this upcoming November. The rumor stems from the folks over at BGR, who say their source has seen it already running on an iPad, so who knows, maybe it could happen. For now, there are plenty of apps that take the place of viewing and editing Word and Excel documents, but it would nice to have an official MS licensed application. Would you buy it?

Via: BGR

  • wasr

    I will buy.

  • andrew khoo

    I would certainly buy MS for androids for tablet. Travelling lite is the trend n the need for productivity. Andrew Khoo Hard Rock Hotel Bali.

  • I hope they get it right. We use several applications to replace Office on our company tablets, but with Excel there is so much you loose…Pivots & Filters are big things…please make them work in android properly.

  • SD_Scott

    I seriously hope so… Cloudon has been working for me but it would be nice to not have to put all my files on Drive just so I can properly use Office.

  • Kevin

    If and ONLY if it has OneNote. The Word/Excel/Powerpoint functionality is easily found in other apps. But OneNote is the only thing keeping me from using a tablet in class. OneNote is just so much better than anything else out there.

  • yes

  • AlexKCMO

    Office substitutes are just that… substitutes.

    Nothing compares to the real McCoy, so yes, I would purchase this app. It would be nice if they could fix OneNote to allow handwriting though.

    • Cowboydroid

      Um….ok? Not really. I find GDocs to be a very capable replacement. Sure, sometimes I need some Excel functions, but I don’t use Word at all anymore, and I don’t miss it.

      Also, Office for Android would almost certainly be a very gimped version, probably not even as good as GDocs.

      • AlexKCMO

        I use Excel everyday, and I’m one of the better people on my team with it. Most people I work with have no concept of how powerful Excel is.

        Every substitute I’ve used, from OpenOffice to GoogleDocs falls flat on it’s face in comparison.

        If you want to use a spreadsheet to keep your bank balance or keep track of what movies you’ve watched; GoogleDocs is just fine. If you want to get really nasty with the spreadsheets and use custom functions, combinations of vlookups, and solver; there is no substitute in the same league as Excel.

        The same goes for Word once you begin getting into the advanced functions beyond basic word processing.

        • Cowboydroid

          Um, I use Excel every day as well. It’s great for some things, but can also be a pain in the arse for others. It has a few formatting functions that I wish GDocs had, but overall, I’m not blindly loyal to either.

          As for Word, I don’t use it at all anymore. GDocs is just that much more useful, convenient, simple, and easy to use. And the way it, and all docs, works with GDrive is phenomenal.

          BTW, there is an endless amount of functions and scripts in GDocs spreadsheets as well, so you can make it as powerful as you want.

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  • Lambo_21

    yes yes yes id buy it as soon as it released

  • V.A. N.

    This is not a big deal. This is only a big deal for Android and MS Office users who need to have their document formatted to a certain specification within the document. For those who don’t use MS Office in that way and just use it in simple terms, QuickOffice, Documents to Go , etc…. is more than sufficient.

    To be able to optimize use MS Office for Android one would have to include MS Skydrive to their mobile ecosystem. For me, I like to keep everything in one place, GDrive and heavily formatted Office Docs don’t mix well with Google Docs.

  • I talked to my Microsoft rep last week about Office on Android. He claimed there was nothing in the works, but did mention Office 15 is being build to work better for touch screens, so it’s a possibility.

  • D-Soul

    get ready for the most expensive android app ever

  • Raven

    I probably wouldn’t personally buy it, but I bet my company would for our company Android tablets. (I just got a new “work” Transformer Prime on Monday. 🙂

  • Sven Enterlein

    I’d love to have most of the MS Office Suite functionality on my tablet. I’d be willing to pay $15 for it without hesitation as long as it’s more powerful than the plethora of apps that are out there. http://goo.gl/DgLqY

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I H8 Microsoft for a plethora of reasons.. but the Office suite is king of the jungle and I use the hell out of it

  • wpscompute

    I use DataViz on my TF101 tablet for work and find it will handle all the mobile office chores I need. It also works on my phone to allow me to open all my email attachements. It integrates with DropBox for storage so I can access all my docs from my phone, my tablet and my computers (Windows at work & Mac at home). I doubt I would pay the full price that Microsoft will probably ask.

  • duke69111

    I’ll bet Documents to Go is not to excited about this news.

  • David Cosme Jr.

    I really like Cloud On, but it seems VERT slow to get started. If Cloud On works, I would not consider buying this…unless there were some really good sync features. Then I might actually give Skydrive a try.

  • This is the reason I’ve been holding off on a Tablet. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Assuming it’s not a ripoff. Hoping it would be about the same price ($15) as the “Documents to Go” apps on the Play Store

  • Fattie McDoogles

    I have been waiting for this forever! My biggest compliant about Android tablets was that they needed more “programs”. And what I’m talking about is they need more computer programs in their app catalog, like MS Office, Rosetta Stone, Pro Tools, Photoshop, etc. Things that let you have the same kind of productivity that you would be able to have at your computer.

  • AP

    Nah, I got OfficeSuite Pro 6 from the Amazon App store on one of their Free App of the day deals and it works perfectly for what I need.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Exactly. I’m happy with OSP6. Yes, amazon updated later than the play store or whatever i’m supposed to call it, but it works.

      Only complaint i have is actually for amazon apps. When not connected they like to fail. Had issues on intl flights due to this. So i may purchase another one from play store. at that point, OSP or this or that. depends on how much, etc.

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  • Steve Schneider

    I would buy this

  • miles_prower

    I’d totally buy it.

    As an owner of an iPad for years, as well as an iPhone, an Android phone, and an Android Tablet — guess which ones I rely on when I’m traveling light, sans laptop?

    My Android phone (G’Nex) and my Android tablet (Archos 80).

    I’ve tried to get real work done on an iOS device — and failed miserably. But working on an ICS device, although not as efficient as working on a Win7 laptop, is very do-able

    Having an official version of Office from Microsoft will make traveling light that much easier. Especially if Office for Android allows me to edit files without breaking any formatting that can’t be rendered on the phone or tablet — a crucial feature of Office for Windows Mobile.

    • Rickerbilly

      I completely second that.

  • moelsen8

    yeah, iGR said so. probably only so that when it doesn’t come out, they can continue to lambaste android and praise the almighty apple. anything from them doesn’t belong on this site.

  • ATBvsBFZ

    buy? no. free? no.

  • John Burke

    Buy it? No.
    Use it if Amazon gives it in the AotD … possibly but even then still unlikely.

    • V.A. N.

      Not likely. Amazon has a policy that alot of app developers. Here, we are talking about Microsoft. I am pretty sure that Office will be made available from Amazon Apps store, but I doubt it will be an AotD

  • Oh you saw this on BGR? I’ll totally believe it then.

  • Michael_NM

    If it’s anything like their Hotmail app, MS should stop development now. With CloudOn, Gdrive, Quick Office, Docs-to-Go, etc., there’s really no need for this.

    • r0lct

      Except for the millions of Office users who don’t want to re-learn something new, which is why none of those other have made a significant dent in Office. Not trying to sound antagonistic but right now there is MS Office, a huge gulf, then everything else. That’s coming form some who’s switched over to Google’s offerings for my personal use.

      • r0lct

        Or more to the point: If all users where technically inclined and not adverse to change those other options could be doing quite well. Gdrive and it’s associated apps cover what most people do in Office anyway. But unfortunately, people use want to use what they’re already familiar which especially now that MS has release student/teacher/home editions that keep the cost reasonable.

      • V.A. N.

        As an Office user on the desktop and Google Docs & QuickOffice user for both phone and tablet…..there hardly is a DIFFERENCE. LOL…I would never start a document or a spreadsheet with formulas on a tablet or phone anyway.

        One more thing, NO ONE is dumping their Android devices for Windows Phones just because Office is installed in it.

        • r0lct

          First off LOL in a response to something that isn’t a joke shows your comment isn’t to be taken seriously.

          Second you apparently were too trigger happy and missed my comment that’s it’s more about user comfort than it being “better”.

          Third people do edit complex worksheets and word files on the go. Citrix and VMware make quite a few bucks off virtualizing these apps for use on iPad and android tablets for this very reason.

          I never claimed this would drive anyone anywhere. That was just you trolling.

  • New_Guy

    I’m taking my MBA online and because my docs need to be in docx format this will allow me use my tablet for homework.

    GOODBY HP!!!

    • V.A. N.

      In case you didn’t know, all the Office suites for Android support .docx

      • New_Guy

        Didn’t even know that. Thanks for the heads up =)

  • I would love to have a ONE note app on a android tablet! that would be pretty freaking fantastic, not going to lie!


    Only if it’s FREE!

    • Fattie McDoogles

      what has Microsoft EVER made that was free?! lol

      • Michael_NM

        Bing, and they can keep it.

      • Mike

        SyncToy, and I need it.