There’s been an interesting situation the last few days regarding Microsoft’s supposed development of an iPad-compatible version of its Office software suite. Basically what happened was that someone at The Daily published an article and a few pictures that he said were proof that Office for iPad will be available in the “coming weeks.”
Microsoft then countered this story by making a few statements across the web dispelling this information. According to the company’s official Twitter page:
“Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the ‘coming weeks.’”
Though, despite Microsoft’s best efforts, many people are still coming out of the woodwork claiming that the company’s “denial” means nothing and there’s still a chance we’ll see an official Office app. In fact, The Daily’s Peter Ha even went so far as to claim that he had more inside info regarding the application and if the guys at Microsoft didn’t like The Daily’s original story about the iPad, “they likely won’t be happy with our follow up.”
This whole back and forth thing is entertaining, but really doesn’t help much in the way of actually knowing what’s going on. Personally, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Microsoft did have an Office iPad app in the works. The company has a ton of apps in the iOS App Store already and, judging by the success of Apple’s Pages, Keynote and Numbers applications, there’s clearly a market for that type of thing. Though I must admit it’s a bit strange for Microsoft to flat out deny the app if it does exist.
What do you guys think? Is there no truth to this rumor. or is Microsoft simply trying to cover up a leak until it’s ready to go public with an Office application? And if that’s the case, would you be interested in a Microsoft Office app? Comment below or tweet me.