An internal Microsoft roadmap has stated that the Android and iOS versions of Microsoft Office will debut in 2014, and the Windows 8 RT version of Office will come out in October. The new mobile friendly version of Office is codenamed Gemini, and will debut on Windows Phones, tablets, and many other mobile devices.
Rumors of a mobile friendly version of Office have been persisting for years. As more customers gravitate towards tablets instead of the traditional PC, Microsoft’s challenge grows larger. Being able to invest in other ecosystems is one of the most critical business decisions for the Redmond based company. It looks like this time that we may see Office debuting on a myriad of platforms in late 2014.
Honestly, next fall 2014 is a long ways away. I think most customers will gravitate towards other word processing alternatives. Microsoft is obviously late to the tablet party with its software and many customers refuse to even care at this point.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.