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Reports cast doubt on Office for iOS and Android

11 Apr 2013
Microsoft Office 2013 Steve Ballmer

Microsoft could wait until next year to release the iOS and Android versions of its Office productivity suite, accoding to reports.

A report from ZDNet in the US cited company sources in claiming that Redmond's internal roadmap has the mobile versions of Office delayed until next year.

According to the report, Microsoft would not only push the rollout of Office for Android and iOS to the Autumn of 2014, but support for Outlook on Windows RT would be pushed back to the late months of the year as well.

News of the late 2014 release date will be a blow for to iOS and Android device users who have been expecting an imminent release of the iconic business productivity suite on their devices. A report surfaced late last year suggesting that Redmond was in the closing phases of developing an Office port for the two leading mobile platforms.

Currently, Microsoft has limited availability of Office on tablets. Those running Windows RT tablets, have access to a version of Office 2013 ported to the ARM platform. Meanwhile Surface Pro users can run all Windows applications, but the OS does not come with Office bundled in.

Microsoft already makes available its OneNote app on multiple platforms, including iOS and Android.

The news comes just days after Microsoft announced that it would be cutting back on support for Office on third-party platforms. Redmond said that it would soon be ending support for Office for Mac 2008. The OS X build was recently replaced by the Office for Mac 2011 build.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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