A new report reveals that a purported roadmap for Microsoft’s Office updates includes Office mobile version for Android and iOS, which could be launched only in 2014.
For years now, Microsoft has been said to work on Office versions for smartphones and tablets running competing platforms, but the company never unveiled a product so far.
The new rumor says that Microsoft may only bring Office to Android and iOS devices in fall 2014, which means users interested to use Redmond’s productivity suite on certain smartphones and/or tablets will still have to wait a while. Earlier rumors said that an Office product for Android could be launched by mid 2013.
As for this new report, nothing is confirmed at this time, and Microsoft wasn’t willing to share anything “about the next set of updates to Office” with ZDNet. The publication writes:
Rumors about Microsoft’s plans to deliver Office for iOS and Android have been circulating for more than a year. Microsoft officials have never outright denied these apps were in development. A number of us Microsoft watchers heard from our various sources that these apps were on track to be delivered by early- to mid-2013.
Although it can’t be confirmed at this time, the mentioned roadmap reportedly dates back to early 2013. In addition to listing “Gemini Wave 2.0” – a project codename for the Office suite – for Android and iOS, the roadmap also lists other potential launch periods for future Office updates for other platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, Mac OS X and Windows Phone. Here’ how that “alleged roadmap” looks like:
- Gemini Wave 1.0 (October 2013): Windows Blue app updates
- Gemini Wave 1.5 (April 2014): Office for Mac; Office RT refresh; Perceptive Pixel support; Windows Phone support refresh
- Gemini Wave 2.0 (October 2014): Outlook RT; Office for iOS/Android
We’ll keep an eye for future Microsoft Office updates, as future releases could confirm or deny the rumored scheduled above in future months.