Microsoft plans mobile Office launch for early 2013

When a Microsoft executive hinted at a launch of Office for mobile devices a few weeks back, he was quickly knocked back by Microsoft's hierarchy. But it now looks like he was talking a lot of sense.

According to The Verge, 'several sources close to Microsoft's plans' are now saying that the company will release Office versions for Android and iOS in early 2013. That tallies well with that previous report.

The details are very interesting though. Office Mobile will make its debut via free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the move, but you will need a Microsoft account to use it. If you want more, in-app purchasing of an Office 365 subscription will offer editing functionality for Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. If you already have the subscription, you are good to go with the extra features. Although the features are nowhere near what you get with the desktop version, by all accounts.

As for that rollout, Office Mobile for iOS will arrive first in late February or early March, with an Android version due to land in May. So not long to wait if you love a bit of document and presentation editing on the go, we'll let you know all the confirmed details as soon as Microsoft goes official with them.

Source: The Verge

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