Microsoft Office For iOS And Android Coming Only In Fall 2014?

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There were lots of reports in the past pointing towards Microsoft Office for iOS and Android devices. It was later confirmed that Microsoft is already working on them and it is delaying its release for some unknown reasons. Now, CNET reports that Microsoft will be releasing their Office productivity suite for iOS and Android only in fall 2014. The product release cycle codenamed Gemini will kick off later this year with  Metro versions of  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote by Oct 2013. Following that in Apr 2014, Microsoft will be releasing Office for Mac 2014 and a new version of Office for Windows Phone devices.

Also Microsoft will be releasing updates for desktop versions of Office for ARM devices in April 2014 followed by the release of Outlook RT in Oct 2014. And during the same time, Microsoft will be releasing Office for iOS and Android devices.

  • Gemini wave 1.0, October: Windows Blue app updates.
  • Gemini wave 1.5, April 2014: Office for Mac, Office RT refresh, Perceptive Pixel support, Windows Phone support refresh.
  • Gemini wave 2.0, October 2014: Outlook RT, Office for iOS/Android.

I guess Microsoft is trying to protect the Windows eco-system by not releasing Office for other platforms. By the end of 2014, Microsoft expects the new modern Windows platform will get a good traction among consumers both in mobile and tablet space.

Source: CNET

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