Microsoft has been conspicuously absent from the rumor mill lately. Regular reports come from the tech industry on whether or not the software giant will make its productivity line available for iOS. According to The Verge, Microsoft’s product manager Petr Bobek confirmed a 2013 launch of MS Office for iOS and Android.
In a press release issued by Microsoft’s Czech Republic team, the company stated, “In addition to Windows, Office will also be available on other operating systems: Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian.”
Bobek broke the news publicly at a media event in the Czech Republic this morning and followed up with confirmation to tech news site IHNED.
While there is still no official launch date, the press announcement claimed that Microsoft’s productivity suite, dubbed Office Mobile, will be available on iOS sometime after March of 2013 with a December 2012 launch of Office 2013 for businesses (February 2013 for consumers).
This past February, The Daily announced that Microsoft would be launching Office Mobile “very soon.” According to the news organization, Microsoft was already preparing to submit Word, Powerpoint, and Excel apps to Apple for approval. The Daily even produced images as evidence of the future of Office Mobile.
The official launch may not have turned out to be as early as The Daily predicted, but today’s announcement confirms that the long-awaited release of Microsoft’s most popular applications is finally on its way to the iPad. It is possible that the apps will be ready just in time for the iPad 4 launch.