In a report posted by Matt Hickey on The Daily yesterday, he said that Microsoft Office is expected to arrive on Apple’s new iPad on November 10. He added that the PC maker’s development team is already done working on the project last month.
“The app is now in the hands of a usability team that appraises software that utilizes the Metro design language for ‘Metro compliance’ and suggests changes as needed. When approved by the team, the app likely will go to Apple for app store approval, which could take a couple of weeks.”
However, there were no indications as to why the Washington-based company intends to wait more than five months before they release their application. The news goes in line with previous claims that Microsoft’s productivity suite will be coming to iPad and Android-based tablets in November.
Microsoft’s Outlook Web App and Lync for iOS
It was late last year when the software is said to be working on an iOS version of its Office suit. They were also rumored to release an updated version of Office for Mac on the App Store. Last week, AMOG reported that Microsoft plans to release Outlook Web App and Lync for iOS. Their native iOS application will hit the App Store this fall, and are said to feature the Metro user interface.
Outlook Web App for iOS
Microsoft is said to be working on a native iOS application called “Outlook Web App for iOS.” It will be compatible for iOS 5 or later, although it will require an Exchange 2012 mailbox to work. Regardless, this application offers offline functionality.
It will also have other mobile versions that will be available for Windows Phone 7.5 and Android 4.0. Microsoft already has an OWA support for mobile devices using a browser, but additional features and functionality will be available once the new iOS app is released.
Lync Mobile Client
Other than OWA, Microsoft will also offer the new Lync mobile client. The app will feature instant messaging, audio and video chat, and Web conferencing. It will have an improved connectivity to the company’s unified communications platform, which is integrated to Microsoft Office.
Just like OWA, it will also render to Web content natively using the Metro interface. This is considered a departure from Lync 2010, which is not built in Metro.
The Microsoft Office for iPad will allegedly enable its users to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. However, it will not have a dedicated Outlook functionality because it will be restricted to the upcoming OWA mobile client.