Feeds

First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

Move would make Windows DEAD LAST in release cycle

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Microsoft is reportedly developing a tablet-optimized version of Office for Android devices, and it is scheduled to arrive before the Windows version.

Veteran Redmond beat writer Mary Jo Foley cited company sources in reporting that Microsoft was planning to release a Windows tablet-optimized version of Office in the Spring of next year, months after Redmond's Android team hopes to deliver a tablet-ready Office for that platform.

The release would mean that both Android and iOS would receive versions of Office optimized for tablets before Microsoft's own Windows platform. While the company continues to talk up its upcoming tablet releases of Office, thus far the iOS port is the only tablet-optimized version of Office available. According to Foley, however, the version of Office intended for Windows 8.1 tablets has been delayed, and will now makes its debut in early to mid 2015.

Microsoft released the iPad port of Office earlier this year, providing iOS fondleslabbers with a version of the productivity suite which piggybacked on the company's Office 365 service. The release marked the first time Microsoft released a new generation of Office on a non-Windows platform first.

Other versions of Office designed to run on conventional laptops will run on Windows 8.1 tablets, and the company offers Windows RT users their own version of Office. Tablet users can also take advantage of touch-friendly interfaces in Office 365.

Microsoft is not commenting on the matter, nor do we expect them to any time soon.

There's no doubt Redmond will eventually release a build of Office specifically designed to take advantage of its tablet platform, and there's little doubt that the release will toss in a few extra features and tools not found in other versions. Still, the plan shows just how far we've come from the days when Apple had to sell Microsoft a chunk of its stock just to get an Office port. ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.