Microsoft has been immensely busy with the impending launch of Windows 8 (scheduled for October 26) and its Surface tablets. Sources have hinted at, however, that Microsoft has also been busy preparing native versions of its Office product for both iOS and Android platforms. Well the news has been confirmed – speaking at a press event in the Czech Republic earlier today, Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek told Czech site IHNED that native apps will be made available starting in arch 2013.
In addition, The Verge, identified a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team confirming Office’s availability for iOS and Android. According to the press release:
“In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, (such as ) Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian.”
Microsoft, also revealed that there will be a new version of Office Web Apps too. The press release also mentions that Office 2013 will be made available to businesses in December, with a consumer launch scheduled for the end of February 2013. “Office 365 services and other Office products for mobile (phones and tablets) will be released from March 2013,” says Microsoft.
Despite alternatives being available for iOS/Android, this is solid news for people who want to ensure 100% compatibility between their documents on their PC/MAC and their mobile devices.