Earlier this year, Microsoft launched Office for iPad. It is basically Office designed for the iPad in mind, and interestingly enough it made its debut ahead of the touch-friendly version for Windows. In fact earlier rumors had suggested that Microsoft was waiting for the Windows version to be complete before they released the iPad version, but we guess that wasn’t completely true.
Now word on the street has it that Microsoft could be working on a version of Office designed for Android tablets in mind, according to a source who spoke to The Verge. The Android tablet version of Office is expected to be somewhat similar to the iPad version and could be released later this year. Microsoft is also reportedly looking for private beta testers and apparently companies or individuals can register their interest at Microsoft’s SharePoint website.
Their source goes on to inform them that the Office version for Android tablets will be released ahead of the Windows version, which is apparently scheduled for 2015. It does seem a little ironic that other platforms are given more priority, but we guess with iOS and Android tablets doing a lot better than Windows-based ones, we guess it makes sense to cater to the majority.
We can only assume that the Office for Android will also require a subscription to Office 365, which is similar to Office for iPad, so if you don’t have a subscription, perhaps it might be time to get one. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more info. In the meantime is anyone looking forward to an Android tablet optimized Office app?
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