Feeds

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

Move would make Windows DEAD LAST in release cycle

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

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. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
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.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
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.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.