Office for iOS, Android Might Be Seriously Delayed
Microsoft Office has been threatening to expand to new mobile platforms for what seems like forever. Images purporting to show Office on the iPad arrived well over a year ago, and since then rumors have suggested that a release for iOS and even Android could be not too far off. Most recently, we heard the iOS Office mentioned in conjunction with rumors about a Windows RT version of Outlook – specifically, that iOS Office would arrive following the Outlook RT release. With the latter apparently ready to go, we were hoping that we’d see Office arrive sometime this year. A new roadmap now suggests that the wait could be much longer, with these Office ports not launching until the fall of 2014.
Supposedly, Microsoft would update Office for WinRT sometime in the spring of 2014. Following that, both these iOS and Android versions of Office, as well as Outlook RT, would arrive in October 2014.
For all of this software, those are some pretty substantial wait times. We can’t imagine it would actually take that long to complete the apps, so this may be primarily a strategic decision. The dates in this roadmap may also change in the interim, if they haven’t been tweaked already. Either way, we wouldn’t hold our breath waiting for Office on either iOS or Android.