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Microsoft Office coming to Apple and Android devices

Seattle based software developers Microsoft is reportedly going to release a version of its Office suite of applications for the Google mobile operating system, along with Apple’s iOS.

This news has been published by tech news website The Verge, where MS Office for other platforms have been rumoured for some time.

It notes: “The Verge has learned through several sources close to Microsoft’s plans that the company will release Office versions for Android and iOS in early 2013.”

“Office Mobile will debut in the form of free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the move. Like the existing SkyDrive and OneNote apps, Office Mobile will require a Microsoft account.”

The site adds: “Microsoft will allow iOS users to purchase an Office 365 subscription within the app, or let organizations distribute codes to enable Office Mobile editing for users. The apps will allow for basic editing, but we’re told this won’t go very far in attempting to replace regular full use of a desktop Office version.”

“A recent Microsoft press release from the company’s Czech Republic subsidiary revealed that Office Mobile apps for Android and iOS would be made available from March 2013. We understand that Office Mobile for iOS will arrive first in late February or early March, with an Android version due in May.”, wrapping up the piece.

These could offer the same functionality of the apps accompanying Windows Phone 8, where it is possible to resume a document on a mobile device where it has been left off editing – on the desktop version.

Stay tuned to Omio and we’ll bring you more on this, as the story develops.

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Rob Kerr