There’s been a lot of hubbub about whether or not Microsoft is actually planning on releasing an iOS version of its Office productivity suite. The Daily insisted we would see Office for the iPad in early 2012, but the software never materialized, and since then, all we’ve heard is rumor after rumor.
Today French site Mac4Ever discovered some hints of Office for iPad that are a little more concrete. Microsoft’s French support site contains several references to Office Mobile for iPhone, Excel for iPad, and Power Point for iPad, in the form of accidentally or incorrectly applied product tags.
The French version of an article entitled “Custom Numeric Formants for the FORMAT function,” for example, has the tag Excel for iPad applied. The U.S. version of this help document lists only Excel 2013 and PowerPivot in Excel 2013 as tags, suggesting that the iPad tag has been mistakenly linked to the wrong product on the French side.
The existence of the tags on the official French Microsoft site suggests that Microsoft is indeed working on a version of Office for iOS. The tags don’t hint at a possible release date or reveal any other information, but we do know now that the project exists, at least in some capacity.