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Microsoft Office has been flirting with Android for awhile now, but things may be getting a lot more serious now that MS Product Manager Petr Bobek said that the full productivity suite may be landing in March 2013 on mobile. The full desktop version of Office 2013 should be available for businesses in December 2013 and consumers in late February.

If you're really interested in checking it out, a customer preview was made available over the summer. Which mobile apps do you use to handle presentbations, documents, and spreadsheets? Are they good enough, or does Microsoft need to make something that ties in really tightly with the desktop counterparts? I could certainly see some solid Microsoft Office apps getting some use on tablets with keyboard docks, but do people do a lot of serious editing on smartphones?

Update: Microsoft corporate PR is saying that the information is bogus. Take that as you will. 

Via: The Verge


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Microsoft Office for Android may be landing in March


Sorry shouldn't that say the full desktop suite is being released to businesses in December 2012 and not December 2013?

I would love to use Google Docs but the spreadsheet editing is horrendous. Microsoft could beat Google on their own platform if they give us good editing abilities on Android before Google does.

The editing isn't back from a desktop/laptop, but coming from a mobile device it is ridiculous. I was shopping for a new car a few weeks back and put together some spreadsheets in Google Docs so that I'd have them on my tablet while at the dealers. Basically I could fill in some details and have it spit out estimated payments, costs over 3 years for fuel, maintenance, etc. When it came time to actually plug in the data generated using my TF700 I couldn't even figure out how to make the field editor work correctly. It's insane. It should be the same as on a desktop, or at least give you the option to set it so it will be the same as on the desktop.

I think that it's a lot like using Chrome on a 10" tablet over wifi, but it still loads the mobile version of the web site by default. Hello! I've got a full-featured device here that even has a keyboard dock, do I really want to see the stripped down, reduced functionality version of the web site? I don't think so.

Just touching on the last part of your comments.

I like Office Suite Pro, I think that it was wonderful that it was given like it was, maybe the best office app for the entire, (25 billion app sale / thank you from Google), I purchased it before this, the, (thank you by Google / 25 billion app sale), and also bought it more then once while it was part of the, Google 25 billion app celebration.

I hope you enjoy it and use it well.

I wonder if this will really make a difference. There are already so many good document editing apps - office suite, quick office, etc.

It would really depend on how robust the Android version is.

While there are good apps out there, they all still butcher simple Excel and Word formatting. Right now the apps are decent for creating documents and maybe simple markups for later editing on the desktop version, but there is no seamless transfer between Android and desktop.

Try keeping the files out on Dropbox or something similar. The files will sync to your PC, and you can utilize them in some/most mobile document processing programs. It works great for me with OfficeSuite.

Also, I also wonder how much a mobile version of an MS product will cost. I just can't imagine another $200-$300 typical MS suite with the free to $5 solutions that exist now.

Sorry, but none of the non-Office productivity suites are worth anything. They all butcher document formatting and some of them don't even do spreadsheet calculations correctly.

As to Office, it will be free on all Win RT and Windows Phone 8 devices. If we see it on Android it will probably be priced in the $19-$29 range.

It might not make much of a difference in things like word processing or spreadsheet editing, but nothing really compares to OneNote (not the crappy MX version, but the full desktop version).

Did Microsoft actually say Office on Android? I absolutely expect them to release a version using the Metro API for WinRT devices (like Surface and the new tablet devices from hardware partners) that will also be compatible with Windows 8. That's pretty much a given. I also suspect that such a version would be compatible with Windows Phone 8. Being able to run on Windows Phone and WinRT tablets definitely would qualify as "mobile" without even touching Android or iOS.

Though I expect they will probably release something for Android and iOS that would at least hook into Office 365. Given that they've already released OneNote and Lync for Android and iOS that also makes sense.

Actually all Win RT devices and all Windows Phone 8 devices will have Office built in when they ship. And it's full Office not a crippled reader. IIRC the one in RT will be called Office RT (to distinguish it from its x86 brethren) and has Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. Again these are full versions not limited in any way.

Oh wow, that's what I have been looking for. It might be bye bye Galaxy Note 2. Does it sync locally or just with the cloud?

Oh wow, that's what I have been looking for. It might be bye bye Galaxy Note 2. Does it sync locally or just with the cloud?

Interesting. This is probably best targeted to students running tablets that have stricter formatting requirements. I would think most consumers would just use Google Docs or something else super cheap and most Enterprises already have solutions in place (such as remote desktops or apps published through Citrix).

Just read that Microsoft is denying it now. The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share.

Not surprising. This will be a huge draw for the upcoming Surface Tab from Microsoft. To bad though... would have been nice. I've been using OfficeSuite Pro for a month or so and I can get by with the basics. The Word editor is alright but the Excel is severely lacking in ease of use and functionality.