Barely a day passes without Microsoft hitting headlines!! This time, the company is in news for its widely anticipated Microsoft Office Mobile 2013 which may soon arrive on iOS and Android operating systems.
As per its latest announcement, the tech giant will release iOS and Android versions of this stupendously popular suite of office applications.
This declaration is in stark contrast to its earlier stance of giving a cold shoulder to the two most popular mobile operating systems.
"As we shared previously, Office Mobile will work across Windows Phones, Android phones and iOS, and we have nothing additional to announce today about retail availability of the new Office," reads the said announcement.
This announcement puts all the speculations regarding the long rumored March release of the Office Mobile 2013 finally to rest. It also reflects, an apparent shift from their earlier stance of maintaining an equal distance from both Apple iOS and Google Android.
The Office Preview Suite, released quite some time back has garnered an impressive response from the tech community. Here are some of the features that are going to grace it:
Tight integration with Skydrive
Users will be able to save documents to Skydrive, Microsoft’s flagship cloud storage service. The documents get stored on the drive by default, assuming everyone uses his or her Microsoft ID for logging in. In this way, the company will take on service providers like Dropbox, which provide document storage services in a freemium model.
Touch and Stylus
Office Mobile 2013 embraces pen and touch based input, a big leap from the traditional keyboard and mouse centered approach. The move is clearly aimed at tapping the vast smartphone and tablet markets which are dominated by Android and iOS based devices. In this perspective, a version for each one of these platforms makes perfect sense.
Microsoft Office Mobile 2013 is reported to sport a sleek metro look, just like the Office 2013. The translucent Aero UI makes it immensely easy to switch between full-screen mode and the traditional one.
Editing PDFs in MS Word, tweaked Excel, more powerful Power Point and integration with Skype are some of the other highlights of the Microsoft Office Mobile 2013 suite of applications.