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Microsoft Confirms Plan to Create Office App for Android, Release Set for March 2013 (Update)

Microsoft’s product manager Petr Bobek confirmed the company’s plans to create a native Office application for Android devices. Release is penciled in for March of 2013 and it is also scheduled to be available for iOS, Windows Phones, Windows RT, Symbian, and the Mac OS.

An Office app has been rumored for quite a while and this is the first time we’re getting some “official” timeline details instead of rough rumors. And now we play the waiting game.

Update: A tweet has been sent out from Microsoft’s Frank Shaw stating that the info is incorrect.

The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share.

Via: The Verge

Cheers S2256!

  • Brad Hanks

    +1 for Lucidchart

  • DanKemple

    I would like this as I can use my tab for presentation easier. Also would be easier to uses the tab as more of a netbook (Infinity) which is what I use it for anyway (netbook/tab combo)

  • http://twitter.com/morpheus282 William

    I desperately need Microsoft (or someone) to release something that will allow me to at least view Visio files on my tablet, even if I can’t edit them.

    • Eliza Wright

      Have you tried Lucidchart? It has native Visio import and export and is getting quite popular for that very reason (among others).

      • http://twitter.com/morpheus282 William

        I haven’t tried it, but I might have to. My company purchased Visio for all users so if I use something else it’ll be out of my pocket. If MS released an Android app I could probably expense it or it would hopefully be affordable like the OneNote upgrade license. The main requirement would be that the diagrams produced would need 100% compatible with Visio.

  • Finire

    If this ever does come to Android, M$ needs to learn that the high price tags they use on PC software just won’t work in the Android world.

    • Justin W

      Honestly, if they price it anymore than QuickOffice, I think I’ll stick with that – I don’t do much document editing on my phone/tablet, and would rather use the full suite on my laptop. Now, they could go right and make it free, but M$ is money hungry and that’s going to happen when hell freezes over and pigs fly over it.

      • michael arazan

        I got quickoffice for free when it first came out on my D1 back in spring of 2010, never used it, except twice to open up pdf files.

        • ABerry5

          I got it for the $5.95 sale.. about 2 years ago.. best deal I’ve ever had since I got my D1 launch day

    • Sporttster

      Agree, Fin. Their prices are insane and there’s no way it will be successful if that transfers to Android.

      • Finire

        They also have to think about the pricing structure they have if they want the Surface tablets to succeed.

  • http://twitter.com/oldblue910 Shawn

    I haven’t been this whipsawed between sheer ecstasy and complete disinterest since Bill Gates retired.

  • Nick Norman

    Super!
    I have nothing further to share.

  • moelsen8

    how did i know that statement from microsoft was coming shortly after the news hit.

  • ddevito

    I want this badly. Because I want Office? NO.

    Because up until this point the Google Docs experience on Android has been NULL. Google needs to wake up and step up its game.

    (And yes I would think their recent acquisition of QuickOffice will fix this)

    • summit1986

      Nothing quite like competition to spark innovation and progression.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thelolotov Jacob Davis

      I’m annoyed that they still don’t let you open docs or docx or whatever with the Drive app. You have to open the drive app, select upload, then manually select the file, and once it’s uploaded, you can read it.

  • Kerry Davies

    I want this so bad, and would help me out so much. I would be fine paying $50+

  • InyRules

    Not really needed, in my opinion. With Google docs and some of the free document viewers in the Play store, I don’t think anyone should clamor to spend money on this.

    • JoshGroff

      Also, that one office app that went on sale for $25.

      • will bartlett

        25 cents.

        • JoshGroff

          Decimals, they save a lot of money. :)

    • ddevito

      editing GDocs on Android, in a word, sucks.

      • Cowboydroid

        Mobile devices are not productivity devices. Editing documents on ANY mobile device sucks, because you don’t have traditional input methods available to you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    What’s Office? Is that like a paid version of Google Drive/Docs?

    • JoshGroff

      Pretty much. Also, knowing Micro$oft, it will be overpriced.

    • ddevito

      Yeah, but have you truly tried editing any google doc on your android device? It’s painful.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Yes, I have, do it all the time. Editing anything other than a document is rather painful. But document editing is pretty good.

        • JoshGroff

          I doubt any of us want to work with a large excel file on a tablet either way, it’s just not efficient.

          • michael arazan

            a tablet with a keyboard, yes, a smartphone, no.

          • JoshGroff

            Eh, I guess that would work, especially with a mouse, but then you’re spending almost as much as a good laptop.

          • ABerry5

            not true.. you can get a bluetooth mouse + keyboard plus a nexus 7 for under $250, close to $200 if you don’t care about peripheral brand

          • JoshGroff

            I was thinking 10″ tablet would be a minimum requirement, larger screens are always better when it comes to excel, but Xooms are pretty cheap now too.

      • capecodcarl

        Have you ever truly tried editing any Google Doc on your PC? LOL. It’s painful. Seriously, our group at school is trying to use it for collaborative documentation development on reports and it sucks. You can’t even list the page numbers in a table of contents! I had to download it to my PC, open it in Word, and then insert a proper table of contents before our final draft was turned in. It’s great for VERY simple text documents and collaborating at the same time, but it’s nowhere near useful as a real word processor and you have to finish up your final formatting, tables, charts, etc. in Word.

        • Cowboydroid

          Sounds like you’re more hampered by the Word paradigm of editing a document that you are by the actual limitations of Google Docs.

  • S2556

    “Update: Well it looks like the app is not coming to iOS or Android anytime soon. According to a tweet by Frak Shaw, Microsoft’s lead corporate communications, he stated that “The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share.” The good news is that he stated that it’s “not accurate…” so the app could be coming a bit later than March, or simply not coming at all.”
    from mobilesyrup.com

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Hah! Lemme go update…

    • zepfloyd

      HAHA, good ol fashion DAMAGE CONTROL.

    • ABerry5

      if their own company states it.. obviously it is correct, companies don’t just post random information… but zepfloyd is right.. Frak is probably thinking “WTF do these idiots not know were are trying to sell WP’s right now and office is an exclusive?”

  • mustbepbs

    All for the low, low price of $129.99

    • Superdroid

      But wait, there is more!

      • JoshGroff

        You also get Outlook for free!!!

        • Amenemhat1

          … with 10,000 feature sets, icons, buttons, and intrusions that you will probably never use….