Office Mobile has long been rumoured for iOS and Android, though Microsoft hasn’t said anything in an official capacity. Until now.
We’re told that iOS and Android users should expect Microsoft Office Mobile action early next year.
That’s the story according to The Verge, crediting “several sources close to Microsoft's plans”.
Better still, The Verge reached out to Microsoft and – somewhat surprisingly – received confirmation. A Microsoft spokesperson said: "Office will work across Windows Phone, iOS and Android."
As for Office Mobile price, it’ll reportedly land as a free app, allowing users to view Microsoft Office documents on the go. Or while stationary. It’s all good. A Microsoft account, however, will be a prerequisite.
Going a step further, if you wish to edit your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents within Office Mobile, you’ll need an Office 365 subscription. In terms of editing functionality, it’s expected to be fairly minimal.
iOS is expected to see Office Mobile first, in late February/early March 2013, with the Android version following in May.
Following the Windows Phone 8 launch, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post that WP8 devices will come with “the new Office” pre-installed.