With numerous previous reports giving us hopes to get MS Office for iOS quite soon, the recent once claims that it Office might not be making its way to iOS until late 2014. Suggested to be an apparent leak of their Office product roadmap, in the document codenamed Gemini, Microsoft details different waves in which products will be launched, and Office for iOS and Android is scheduled for October 2014.
Here are the details:
• Gemini Wave 1.0 (October 2013): Windows Blue app updates
• Gemini Wave 1.5 (April 2014): Office for Mac; Office RT refresh; Perceptive Pixel support; Windows Phone support refresh
• Gemini Wave 2.0 (October 2014): Outlook RT; Office for iOS/Android
If this leak appears to be actually credible, it seems Microsoft has really lost the plot. With plenty of people relying on Office for work, the need for getting it on mobile devices is increasing. Those who do need MS Office on their mobile devices have to either buy a Windows Phone or keep calm and wait for it to become available for their smartphone platforms. While Apple’s iWork and Google Docs are cheaper, they might not have every feature of Office that majority of users need. However, there is no need for buying them again to get use of the latest version.
It’s sad, but it seems the roadmap is something we should take seriously. So what are your suggested solutions for Office alternatives to go through by 2014? Do not hesitate to share your opinion in the comments below.