Microsoft: Office for iPad story based on inaccurate rumors and speculation

“A rumor that Microsoft is releasing an iPad version of its Office software was all over the Web on Tuesday,” Brian X. Chen reports for The New York Times. “But Microsoft says it’s just not true.”

“The buzz was kicked off by an article in The Daily, an iPad-based news publication,” Chen reports. “It said that a Microsoft Office app for the iPad would soon be submitted to Apple for approval and could be released in ‘the coming weeks.'”

Chen reports, “A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: ‘The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Chen is wrong: Nowhere does Microsoft say “it’s just not true.” Microsoft’s statement is a classic non-denial denial and just does not say that Office for iPad won’t be submitted to Apple for approval in the coming weeks.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]

Related article:
Microsoft Office for iPad coming soon; no Android version planned – February 21, 2012

20 Comments

  1. Microsoft is its own worst enemy. They could make a fortune if they pulled their fingers out and got office in both the iOS and Mac app stores and then prromoted the hell out of it. The masses are still dumb enough to think they need office.

  2. More time for iWork to gain traction… remembering the many years MS let Office for Mac languish far behind its Win versions. Too bad Mac users still need Office at all.

    Next step for Apple is to release iWork free for Windows and Unix (a la Internet Explorer) in order to go viral and ultimately replace Office.

  3. I’ll go a different direction with my comment…

    Good for Microsoft. I’d really like to be able to open and edit Office docs in their native environment. It might not be perfect, but at least it would be a step in the right direction.

    I’m no Microsoft fan, but reality is that I use their products if even with resentment. There’s a huge new computing world out there, and like it or not, Microsoft has a seat at the table. I’d rather embrace their efforts than fight them. In my opinion, they’re slowly becoming less significant anyway (IBM, anyone?).

  4. I’m sure Microsoft is working on it. They’ll have a version of Office for Windows tablets, and they’ll hedge by doing a version for iPad too. They want to make money.

    The Daily has been on this story since last year. Just lately, Microsoft doesn’t care to talk about it, that’s all.

    “A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: ‘The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.’”

    She did NOT mention ACCURATE rumors and speculation—the kind that are usually planted by Microsoft themselves, and are also sometimes denied, as one of their favorite tools to generate buzz for otherwise insipid product introductions. This was, instead, more likely an unauthorized leak.

  5. Yes yes, won’t this be fun to watch!

    Personally, I’ve been of two minds about it. One side says, WHY would they possibly release Office for iPad?? Office is their last card to play in giving people a reason, any reason, to go with a Win8 tablet (whenever THAT vaporware ever comes out). Why invite comparisons, so say nothing of wading into the rathole of pricing comparisons?

    The other side says they’re in this biz to make $$ fullstop. With PC sales slowing to a crawl, Windoze isn’t a moneymaker; and Office has always paid the bills anyway, what with Win and Mac versions. What “success” Android can claim (or steal) is in the phone area not tablets: thus, MS cannot afford to sit by and watch this exploding iPad market go by without trying for a slice.

    I’ve heard people say this is a bullshit rumour; and even if true, Apple has blocked entrants to the App Store who posed FAR less obvious competition to its own apps than iOS Office would. But I’d LOVE to see Apple show some cunning largess and call their bluff by approving it. It’d be a BRILLIANT move on Apple’s part. MS can’t afford to release brain-dead crapware for iOS (the way they neglected the Mac OS versions for so many years). There’s too many alternatives to Office on iPad already. And iWork has already competed against Office on the Mac for years, so its not like Apple needs to fear competition on iPad: there’s alternatives to BOTH of them as it is now.

    And just imagine MS trying to price it…when iWork goes for 30 clams, can they afford to charge $100 or more for Office, on any mobile platform?? LIke I said, wont this be fun!!

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