Microsoft is reportedly working on an Office suite for Apple’s iPad device.
The software giant is working on adapting its Microsoft Office suite for use on Apple’s popular tablet iPad device. The Daily reported on Tuesday that its sources confirm Microsoft is readying an iOS friendly Office suite. WinRumors can confirm that Microsoft has been readying iOS versions of its popular Office applications for a number of months. Microsoft previously released its first Office application, OneNote for iPhone, earlier this year. The application hints at Microsoft’s further plans for Office on iOS. Microsoft’s plans for Office on iOS are matured according to our own sources but will not be made available until Microsoft’s metro style Office 15 is available, due next year.
The Daily also reports that Microsoft is preparing an OS X Lion version of its Office for Mac suite. Microsoft is currently readying updates for Office for Mac 2011 to further improve its OS X Lion support, including full-screen, autosave and Lion versions support. Microsoft is also addressing a number of bugs in its existing Office for Mac 2011 applications. Microsoft’s future Office for Mac edition will include support for the company’s SkyDrive service and will likely be distributed on Apple’s new Mac App Store.
Microsoft is also readying its own Office 15 application suite, designed with Windows 8 in mind. The software giant is currently preparing final milestone builds of Office 15 in preparation for a full beta in late January, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. Microsoft Office 15, the codename for the next version of Microsoft’s popular productivity suite, is tentatively scheduled for a beta 1 milestone in late January. Microsoft will provide a Technology Preview of the software initially, expected at CES 2012 alongside the Windows 8 beta. Office 15 will be designed with touch at the heart of the applications. Microsoft has redesigned the general look and feel of its popular Outlook email client to make it usable by touch, pen and mouse.
Microsoft refused to comment on the iPad Office rumors on Tuesday. A Microsoft spokesperson said ”we already deliver Office on multiple platforms and devices and are committed to expanding in the future, but have nothing further to share today,” to CNET’s News.com.