Microsoft is hard at work with their Windows 8 system at the moment, but that also includes Microsoft Office for all their devices. We’ve been hearing leaks and rumors regarding Microsoft’s popular Office suite of apps also coming to Android for months now, but today their product manager confirmed we won’t see it until early next year.
Original leaks and rumors were stating Microsoft Office for Android and iOS would arrive sometime in late November, a month after Windows 8 launches. Today that date has clearly changed and now we’re hearing mid March of 2013 — quite a big difference.
According to The Verge, Microsoft Product Manager Petr Bobek confirmed we’ll be seeing a native Microsoft Office for Android in March of next year — but that was about all the details he gave. It looks like the full desktop and Windows version of Office 2013 is expected in December, then a few months later for mobile devices.
“Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013.”
The quote above was the specific comment that sources picked out, among others. Clearly that states phones and tablets will be seeing Office. Earlier comments mentioned Windows 8, iOS, Android, and a few others so everything is lining up quite nicely. So does Google Docs work for you? Or something for excel, spreadsheets, presentations and more like Office 2013 sound like a better option? Sound off in the comments.
Update: Microsoft’s lead communication manager here in the US has tweeted that this was false. They’ll share more details when they are ready.