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Microsoft Office 2013 to Offer Availability for Android and Apple Devices

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October 15, 2012

Microsoft Office 2013 to Offer Availability for Android and Apple Devices

By Daniel Brecht, Contributing Writer

The news about the arrival Microsoft (News - Alert) Office 2013, a desktop application version of Microsoft Office, has recently been made public. The so-called Office 2013 and codenamed Office 15, is now being released to manufacturing (RTM) to be built. One can expect it to hit the market in Q1, or at the latest Q2 2013. But, it will be made available to businesses in December with Microsoft licensing agreements.

The upgrade from Office 2010 to 2013 may be worthwhile as it will be coming to Android and Apple devices. This means the suite of apps will be available on other smartphones and tablets operating systems as well including Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS and Symbian (News - Alert).

Also worth noting is that consumers who do purchase Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers after October 19 will be entitled to receive Office 2013 free of charge when it becomes available.

With the increased adoption of cloud computing and the movement to the cloud, SMBs and individuals alike are sure to appreciate the fact that a new version of Office Web Apps will be available soon and can be accessed via their beloved Android and Apple (News - Alert) devices.

This might be the news that many Android and iOS users were waiting for and rumors are also swirling that Microsoft could be working on a version of Office for iPad and iPhone (News - Alert) users as well as for Android devices.

The revamped version of Office will allow non-Windows users to have the benefit of the MS Office package if desired at their finger tips as well as possibly access to Office 365 – Microsoft’s cloud-base product.

According to the Czech tech news site IHNED, Microsoft Executive and Product Manager Petr Bobek revealed the company’s plan to develop its own iOS and Android (News - Alert) version of its renowned productivity software and release it to the public after March 2013. The release however would be made available to Microsoft partners and large customers much sooner than to small businesses, home offices and individual users.

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