Feeds

Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

Windows version could arrive after iOS launch

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The first tablet-optimized versions of Microsoft Office could debut on the iPad, if a recent report holds true.

Veteran Microsoft correspondent Mary Jo Foley cites company sources when reporting that the first Windows 8 tablet build of Office, dubbed "Gemini", is now on pace to arrive on the market after the company releases Office for the iPad.

Microsoft gave word of a tablet-ready version of Office for iOS last year, confirming that it would work on a native application to go along with the iPhone Office Apps and the Office 365 service which currently runs on iPads.

At the time of those releases, then-CEO Steve Ballmer told the Apple fanbois that, as usual, they would have to wait a few months until after the Windows version shipped and the company put Office on its own tablet platforms.

According to Foley, however, the company has since had a change of heart. With Ballmer now having ridden off into the Redmond sunset, Microsoft's executives have changed their minds and could allow Office on iOS to be released as soon as it is ready.

Should that accomplishment occur before the Office for Windows 8 build is finished – something Foley claims is quite likely – Apple users could be in the rare position of getting a major software release from Microsoft before it reaches their Windows counterparts.

In the meantime, tablet users on iOS, Windows 8, and Android would all rely on the browser-based Office 365 apps.

Apple currently offers iPad users a productivity bundle of its own iWork suite as part of the tablet's basic iOS software package.

Though Apple is usually hesitant to push software that directly competes with its in-house products, Office has been a mainstay on Apple platforms for a coon's age – especially since Steve Jobs and Bill Gates reconciled matters between the two companies in the late 1990s. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.