Office Suite for iPad Available in Coming Weeks? Microsoft Says No

  • An iPad version of the the Microsoft Office Suite has reportedly been in development. “In addition to an iPad-ready version, a new edition of Office is expected for OS X Lion sometime next year,” reported The Daily back in November.
  • According to sources familiar with the project, the app will be submitted to Apple soon.
  • “The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system,” The Daily reported this week.
  • “An exact launch date is unknown, but the design team has since wrapped up the project, meaning it could be released in the coming weeks,” the post states.
  • UPDATE: “Microsoft may well be working on a version of Office for iPad, but it’s not the one detailed in a report today from The Daily,” reports AllThingsD. “Nor will it soon be submitted to Apple for approval.”
  • The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation,” Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw told AllThingsD. “We have no further comment.”
  • Editor Peter Ha of The Daily stands by the story. In response to a question regarding the screenshots used for the original post, he tweeted: “We did not fabricate either image. A working version of the app was demoed to us by someone at Microsoft.”

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