“Back in November, The Daily initially uncovered the existence of an iPad version of the Microsoft Office Suite. Sources now say that the app will soon be submitted to Apple for approval,” Matt Hickey reports for The Daily.

“A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things,” Hickey reports. “The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro… Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.”

Hickey reports, “Sources close to the matter also commented that an Android version of Office is not in the works.”

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MacDailyNews Take: For those who consider Office a necessity (most businesses, government, etc.), this will be yet another strike against Google’s Android and another positive for Windows Phone and Windows 8 which will surely have its own version of Office, too. Along with increasing royalty payments and legal losses that decrease functionality and usability, Office availability will be a big reason why Microsoft will likely soon begin to eat into Google’s Android market share.