We’ve been hearing rumors for the past several months about Microsoft Office coming to iOS and Android, and now The Verge has exclusively revealed what that productivity suite will look like on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. A series of leaked screenshots shows a Microsoft Office download screen, recent documents list and Office 365 subscription page. It is reported that a Microsoft account will be needed in order to make use of Office Mobile, similar to the existing SkyDrive and OneNote apps on the App Store.
Office Mobile will be a free download on the App Store, set to launch early next year. The app will allow you to view Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents for free, so long as you have a Microsoft account, although basic editing will require an Office 365 subscription. It is noted that this mobile productivity suite is not intended to be a full replacement for the traditional desktop version, as the app will be limited in terms of advanced options. An iOS version of Office Mobile for iPhone and iPad is expected to drop in early March, while an Android version is set for release in May. Microsoft has confirmed that “Office will work across Windows Phone, iOS and Android.”