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Microsoft Office for Android Coming Soon? Don't Bet On It

Steven Blum
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If recent reports are to be believed, Microsoft Office for Android is coming soon. That's what product manager Petr Bobek told the crowd at a press event in the Czech Republic yesterday, claiming Andorid and iOS could see Windows Office apps by March 2013.

There's only one problem: I doubt it'll actually happen.

 I mean, think about it. If you're Microsoft, about to release the world's first Windows 8 tablet, why would you release a Microsoft Office for Android? As a newcomer to the tablet scene, Microsoft will need all the exclusive perks it can get to pry customers from Android and iOS. Releasing a cross-platform app makes no sense.

In fact, Microsoft's head of corporate communications, Frank X. Shaw, said as much when he tweeted after the press conference: "The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share."

While Microsoft Office has been in high-demand among Android owners since forever, it still doesn't make sense for the company to give up one of their only advantages to their competitors.

Microsoft Office for Android may be released some day, but I wouldn't expect it until long after Microsoft has attempted to establish themselves in the tablet scene. Unless the company is totally stupid, they'll wait for Android owners to get jealous of their Windows 8-using friends.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 11, 2012 Link

    Sorry, but I can't agree with your logic here.

    Microsoft is about one thing: Profit. They know damn good and well that Android is sitting on half a billion devices worldwide (with a billion by next year). By NOT introducing it on Android, they literally face tens of millions of dollars.

    If they are smart, they'll release it for IOS as well.

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    DaBartonator Oct 11, 2012 Link

    Tens of millions is what they are losing now. Of they set up the android eco as they have the PC version by 2020 they could make billions.

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  • Patrick R. Oct 12, 2012 Link

    @Eric I agree. I think there are a couple of alternatives to MS Office both in Android and iOS for users to be compelled to shift to a new ecosystem just to get it. MS i think lost a few opportunities by not releasing MS Office earlier. Users who need it/use it already invested in the alternatives from Polaris to DocsToGo and have used, gotten used to and likes these alternatives and would probably hesitate to spring another few bucks for an app that does exactly the same thing the other one they already paid for. I recently downloaded OneNote for free from the playstore though. Haven't tried using it yet.

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