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Microsoft at BUILD today showed off an early demo of they’re upcoming version of Microsoft Office specifically designed for Windows 8.1, the new “Modern” version of Office built for WinRT. Next-generation Office apps will run in Microsoft’s “Modern” mode on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT, allowing Microsoft to enable a touch-first user experience for Windows 8.1 customers for the first time.
In the demo, Microsoft showed off an early pre-beta version of Microsoft PowerPoint. The UI was immediately familiar to anybody who’s ever used PowerPoint in the past, greatly resembling both PowerPoint 2013 and the newly released PowerPoint for iOS.
While no new features or functionality was shown during the demonstration, PowerPoint for WinRT did appear to work just about as well as PowerPoint for iOS, meaning Microsoft’s upcoming Office suite for Windows devices should be at least as impressive as the version they released on Apple’s tablet OS.
The real thing
Well, the rumors are true – Microsoft has today, at long last, officially announced the real the real deal – Microsoft Office is coming to iPad. Office general manager Julia White officially revealed a fully featured version of Microsoft Office completely native to the iPad.
Office for iPad will require Office 365 in order to be fully functional, and will include Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. While the apps themselves will be free on the App Store, they will only be able to read documents rather than create and edit them – only paying Office 365 customers will get to take full advantage of the Microsoft Office experience on iPad.
Office for iPad will be available on the App Store today at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST.
Rejoice, for it has almost arrived
Microsoft has been working on a version of their immensely popular Office suite for Apple’s iPad tablet platform for what feels like forever now, however it looks like the wait is almost over. According to sources from within The Verge as well as ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be launching Office for iPad on March 27th at his first press event as Microsoft CEO in order to introduce his “‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy” vision for Microsoft.
Microsoft Office for iPad should really come as no surprise at this point. Microsoft has been developing the software for quite some time now, and the company did launch a stripped down version of Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch that’s roughly on par with the company’s Windows Phone suite a couple of months ago.
Like Office Mobile for iPhone, Office for iPad is expected to require an Office 365 subscription. That said, the suite is expected to include feature robust versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Interestingly, this will mark the first time that the company has produced a version of Office native to a touchscreen; the company’s Office for Windows Store (“Metro”) applications have been delayed until late 2014 or early 2015, meaning that Office’s introduction to the world of touchscreens will arrive not for a Microsoft platform, but rather a competitor.
Microsoft has maintained an iPad version of their OneNote application for quite some time now, an application that has traditionally been part of the Office suite on Windows. Microsoft is also planning on launching a revamped version of their Microsoft Office suite for Mac sometime this year, as a company insider revealed at a conference just last week.
Development has begun
Thorsten Hübschen, Business Group Leader at Microsoft Germany has just confirmed in a presentation today that Microsoft is indeed working on a brand new version of Microsoft Office for Mac, which is apparently currently in the midst of development. Microsoft has been lagging behind Office development on the Mac platform since the release of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, to date the latest version of the popular office suite to hit the platform.
Hübschen told the crowd that “while I don’t have details to share on timing, when it’s available, Office 365 subscribers will automatically get the next Office for Mac at no additional cost,” confirming the continued value of Office 365 for Mac users.
Unfortunately, she had little to say in regards to specific new features or functionality for the Office suite. Many have complained of apparent incompatibilities between the Mac version of Microsoft Office and the Windows version, however compatibility and interoperability does remain strong across the platforms, especially when compared to Office compatibility support between iWork and Microsoft Office.
Microsoft has just released their long awaited Office for Android mobile suite today, following up on the footsteps of their Office for iOS mobile suite released earlier this summer. Office for Android obviously has a lot in common with its iOS counterpart; the UI is essentially a carbon copy of the iOS version, which in and of itself was obviously directly inspired by Office for Windows Phone.
Just like the iOS version, Office for Android (unfortunately) requires an Office 365 subscription to work; those of you who just buy Office outright for a one time fee minus all those crazy web services are once again being left in the dust. What’s worse, Microsoft has opted not to support Android tablets, which is really where a product like this would make the most sense. Microsoft is confirming that there are no plans for a future tablet version of Office for Android despite the fact that Office for iOS has full iPad support.
Like Microsoft’s other Office mobile suites, Office for Android has extremely limited editing functionality, making this more of a reader then a writer, so to speak. If you’re looking for a full blown Office suite shrunk down for smartphones you’ll be sorely disappointed here. Still, Office for Android does what it was designed to do fairly well, and is free of charge if you happen to have that required Office 365 subscription. And hey, if you don’t, what are you waiting for – this is a cloudy world we all live in, and now’s never been a better time to start embracing it.
The writing on the walls appears to be getting more clear and more frequent, as plans for Microsoft’s next version of their Office suite, codenamed “Gemini”, have begun to spread online like wildfire. According to some new reports, Microsoft’s “Gemini” update aims to bring the world’s most popular office suite to the tablet era with versions for Windows 8 “Metro”, iOS, and Android being developed concurrently.
Among the new tablet applications will also include updates developed specifically to take leverage of new Windows 8.1 (previously codenamed “Blue”) technologies. Microsoft is reportedly hoping to have the Windows 8 part of “Gemini” ready for a public preview by this year’s BUILD conference, where the new Office Metro applications will be showcased for the very first time.
iOS and Android users will reportedly have to wait a bit longer to get their fair share of an Office fix as Microsoft is reportedly not planning on announcing or releasing these versions of “Gemini” until late 2014 at the earliest. Microsoft might also be planning on releasing an updated Office for Mac suite sometime in 2014, which would make sense given their past release schedules, however we have nothing specific to report on that at the moment.
Former Windows chief returning to the classroom
Few people know that before coming to Microsoft to work on multiple versions of their popular Microsoft Office software suite and two major versions of Windows (Windows 7 and Windows 8), Steven Sinofsky was a highly respected professor at Harvard Business School. It seems that, after his recent spat with executives at Microsoft and being ousted from the modern vision of Microsoft he’s helped shape, Steven Sinofsky is returning to the classroom to teach a new generation of students at Harvard Business School.
Sinofsky announced this with a simple tweet this morning, saying:
Surely Sinofsky will have a whoooole bunch of interesting stories to tell the kids this time around.
A not so gentle push
A good scoop by Microsoft tech analyst and insider Mary Jo Foley reveals that Microsoft, starting December 1st, 2012, will begin raising the prices of its enterprise products, and not in an insignificant manner.
According to the article, Microsoft is looking towards pushing their enterprise customers away from the old, buy-once-keep-forever model that most enterprises run on right now towards new subscription based models that work parallel with Microsoft’s increasingly cloud-oriented services.
Microsoft Office 2013’s volume pricing will go up in not insignificant ways. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 will be priced at more than 38% more than the 2010 equivalent, whilst the new Lync Server 2013 package will be priced 400% (yes, 400 – as in 40 x 10) more than the 2010 Lync package. Visio Standard 2013 will increase by 20% over the last edition, while Visio Premium will be “retired”.
The retail editions of Microsoft Office 2013 have also been given a price by Miss Foley, suggesting that Microsoft Office Standard 2013 will cost $369, while Microsoft Office Professional Plus will cost $499.
Microsoft clearly isn’t playing around with their enterprise customers. The message here is clear – stick with what you have, get on board with our new cloud model, or pay through the nose to stay in our ecosystem. The lines have been drawn.
Slated for release early 2013
Microsoft Office is coming to iOS and Android. The rumor mill has been pumping this line out for almost as long as I can remember, and Microsoft has vehemently denied it every time. Now, however, The Verge has got their hands on pretty much the only thing we hadn’t had before on the product – actual, indisputable evidence in the form of confirmed legitimate leaked screenshots.
The shots reveal the existence of numerous separate applications – what would appear to be a Microsoft Office hub, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint. (No evidence of Microsoft Excel yet, but Microsoft would be remiss to not bring such a key aspect of their Office suite to the platform) The shots also confirm that the iOS app will indeed be universal, optimized for both the iPhone as well as the iPad.
The Verge has also gotten confirmation that Microsoft Office will be coming to Android, though a little later than the iOS counterparts. Both will be rather limited in functionality unfortunately, offering only basic document viewing and editing features off the bat.
Current rumors peg Microsoft Office for iOS to make an appearance early 2013, free of charge.
Source: The Verge
Microsoft has today released the final version of Microsoft Office 2013 on MSDN and TechNet. This comes just over a week after the company announced that the new version of their popular Office suite had RTM’d.
The final version of Office 2013 has been arriving via an update to Windows RT for a couple of days now, so it’s no surprise that Microsoft has decided to go ahead and release it to developers and other members of the program as well. Microsoft Office 2013 is expected to be released to general consumers before the end of the year.
Good deal alert: Microsoft has just announced what they’re calling the Office 365 University subscription, which gives students enrolled in colleges and universities around the world access to the full Microsoft Office suite for four year, for just $80. That’s a $20 discount from the standard Microsoft Office 2010 Student pack that Microsoft had previously recommended to students.
The deal also comes with 27GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, so you’ll have plenty of space to put all of your documents or whatever else. Microsoft is even throwing in 60 free Skype world minutes so you can call your friends and family’s cell (or landline) phones without being additionally charged. The subscription is good for not just one, but two computers.
So if you’re a college student living without Microsoft Office, now’s your time to snag a great deal from Microsoft. Office 365 University is now available.
According to tech site IHNED, a senior Microsoft employee – Petr Bobek, to be exact – has let the cat out of the bag and claimed that Microsoft will indeed be releasing Microsoft Office for not only iOS, but also Android coming next Spring.
Details are scarce, which is to be expected, but this is big news if true. iOS users have long had to rely on Apple’s competent iWork suite to do any office work on their iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (which is fine, but it’s no Office), while Android users had few to no viable options what-so-ever.
The report comes as Petr Bobek was quoted through what is now a press release as saying that Office “Office will also be available on other operating systems: Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian”.