A new report is suggesting that Microsoft is targeting April 2014 for a launch of the next generation of Office products for Mac. The new software, tentatively called Office 2014 is on the Microsoft roadmap for next year, according to a source for ZDNet who say that the ‘Gemini 1.5′ update will hit in April of 2014 and that the iOS version of Office could arrive in October 2014, including the long rumored iPad version of Office.
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Microsoft has today published a support document which deals with some of the issues that both users and corporate administrators have dealt with in terms of the interactions between iOS 6.1 and Exchange platforms. The support documents notes that ‘Apple and Microsoft are investigating this issue’ and will post more information as soon as it becomes available. Microsoft does recommend that Enterprise users open an Enterprise Support case with Apple ‘to report and diagnose the behavior in iOS 6.1′.
The release of the document follows on from recent reports that some large organizations have experienced following the discovery of a bug in ActiveSync interactions on iOS 6.1. The Microsoft support document offers several workarounds for the issues that may be experienced in some Exchange platforms. These include removing and recreating the device partnership and asking users not to process Calendar items on the device. This is essentially the same information that was offered to users yesterday.
So, a rumor floated around earlier today suggesting that Microsoft would be releasing MS Office for iOS devices early in 2013. The Office app (or apps) would apparently be free of charge and would enable the user to view Microsoft Office documents. Anyone wishing to edit an MS Office document would be required to place an in-app purchase for a membership to Office 365, which is currently priced at around $6 per month per user.
Let’s put aside the fact that this part of the rumor could be wildly inaccurate and assume for one minute that it is correct. If Microsoft doesn’t make a significant change to their pricing policy, and the ability to edit documents would require a $6 per month fee, how would that affect iOS users. Well, if you have Pages installed on your iPhone or iPad (for a one off fee of $9.99), you can view and edit Word documents to a fairly sizeable extent already. Same with Numbers. Same with Keynote.
A new report, accompanied by screenshots, is suggesting that Microsoft will finally be releasing an Office suite of apps on iOS devices early next year. The report from The Verge says that Microsoft has been working on Office for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and that the new app will be launched completely free of charge, allowing users to read Microsoft Office documents on their iOS devices. That means that any file that was created on a Mac or PC using either Powerpoint, Word or Excel will now be viewable using the Office apps on an iOS device. Editing those documents is actually a different story.
Microsoft will enable editing of Office files as long as users purchase a subscription for Office 365, which can be done via an in-app purchase mechanism (we’re assuming that Apple will take a 30% cut for those in-app purchases). This will apparently allow basic editing but there will be no advance document creation tools, even for iPad users. The screenshot above gives an idea of what the apps will look like.
Microsoft is reportedly going to be releasing a brand new Office suite in March 2013, and it is destined for iOS devices. A new report from The Verge is saying that Microsoft Product Manager Petr Bobek has revealed that native Office apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will likely be made available to businesses in December of this year and that consumers could see Office 2013 for iOS devices available from the end of February 2013. The report is apparently supported by a press release from Microsoft’s team in the Czech Republic with detailed information on the launch.
Microsoft have been hesitant with regard to speaking about Office apps appearing on iOS devices, but rumors earlier this year had pointed towards screenshots that showed native Office 2013 apps running on an iPad. The launch of Office for iPad had been rumored to be taking place in November of this year, so a launch early next year isn’t too far outwith that timeframe.
According to the same source that initially printed a screenshot of Microsoft Office for iPad, the new software suite will apparently be unleashed on iOS on November 10 of this year. The revelation comes from The Daily, the publication that originally leaked the news that Microsoft was, in fact, working on a version of MS Office for the iPad. The new report suggests that development of the MS Office suite for iPad has wrapped up and that the app will undergo further testing before submission to Apple for inclusion on the iOS App Store.
The report follows on from a previous rumor which suggested that Office for iPad would launch sometime in November but this latest article pinpoints the launch down to a specific day. The original report on Office for iPad actually revealed a screenshot of the new software but, at the time, Microsoft denied that anything was in development. Given the mounting number of reports, the launch is now becoming more believable.
A full Microsoft Office for iOS app is apparently going to launch this year. That’s according to a new report from BGR who say that their source has seen MS Office running on an iPad first hand. The app, destined for both the iPad and Android tablets, is apparently set for a November launch. Additionally, Office could even make it on to the iPhone and iPod touch as well as the iPad, due to the fact that the launch screen for the iPad version said ‘Office for iOS’ not ‘Office for iPad’.
The news follows on from the recent uncovering by The Daily of a screenshot of what appeared to be a native Microsoft Office app running on an iPad. Microsoft subsequently denied that the app even existed but now it seems like the Office for iOS rumor is gaining a little momentum. The source from the story printed in The Daily suggested that the app had a very similar user interface to that found in Windows 8, and the Windows phone, and that the app was at a very late stage in development and would soon be submitted to the App Store for review.
Following on from their launch of MS Office OnLive for iPad, Microsoft appear to have decided to go one further and release a native Microsoft Office iPad app. According to some screenshots leaked by The Daily, the new Office iPad app has wrapped development and will soon be getting submitted to the Apple review team for inclusion on the iOS App Store.
According to the report, sources who had some hands on time with the app are reporting an interface that has strong similarities to the UI in the Windows Phone and the upcoming Windows 8 OS. The app is initially allowing Word, Excel and Powerpoint files to be created or edited on the iPad itself, but there is no word on a release date as yet.
Microsoft has released the new OnLive app on the Apple iOS App Store. The app allows virtual versions of Microsoft’s Word, Powerpoint and Excel applications from the Office suite of programs to run on the iPad.
The trick behind the OnLive app is that the applications are actually based on Microsoft’s own servers and use their processing power to enable the OnLive app functionality. The OnLive UI that the iPad user sees is actually a streamed version of the app that is directed at the iPad. You can therefore create and manipulate comprehensive documents, spreadsheets and presentations that are mot physically located on the iPad and are driven by powerful processing clusters in Microsoft’s own data centers.
In a rather surprising and aggressive move, it was announced by Microsoft today that they are buying the communications company Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. Skype is a market leader in peer to peer VoIP and in 2010 had in excess of 170 million connected users. The full text of the press release can be found here.
The deal will apparently enable Microsoft to support Skype on a variety of devices and services like X-Box, Kinect, Windows phones and other Microsoft applications like Outlook, Messenger and Hotmail. With iOS and Mac versions of Skype, it is notable that the company will reportedly continue to offer support for non-Microsoft platforms i.e. Apple users.