Rumor: Microsoft Office Launching on iOS, But Not Anytime Soon


Rumors surrounding the launch of Microsoft Office on iOS have been gaining traction over the past several months, culminating with a new report from highly-connected Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley for ZDNet that claims, based on a reliable source, the Office suite could gain iOS and Android support by Fall 2014.

Foley writes:

Also on the roadmap for fall 2014 is what’s listed as iOS/Android support for Office. One would assume this is the expected and widely rumored Office for iPad release. It could, however, be Office for iPhone and Android phone, given that it’s not listed on the roadmap as being tablet-specific.

One potential reason for the delay of Office for iOS could be the revenue sharing model that Apple imposes on all third-party apps. Microsoft apparently isn’t too pleased with giving Apple a 30 percent cut on sales of its Office suite for iOS devices, so there has essentially been a standoff.

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