There’s no shortage of office apps for iOS and Android, ranging from cloud-based solutions such as Google Drive/Docs to native apps including Docs To Go, QuickOffice and Softmaker Office. But the 800-pound gorilla of the office world is getting ready to launch its office app — and The Verge has a first look at Microsoft Office for iOS and Android.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch its new mobile apps in early 2013.
You’ll be able to use the apps to view documents using a free Microsoft account. But if you want to edit documents you’ll need to sign up for an Office 365 subscription. That will be available through an in-app subscription n the iOS app, at least.
These are stripped down versions of Microsoft’s full office apps, and while they’ll let you perform some basic edits on a mobile device, they won’t have all the features you get with a full-fledged desktop version of Office.
According to The Verge, Office for iOS could launch in February or March, with the Android app following a few months later.
Microsoft has confirmed that there are plans for Office apps for iOS and Android in addition to the company’s existing Windows Phone apps. But the company hasn’t commented on a timeline.