Update 1: Microsoft gave a statement to the New York Times that this story is inaccurate:
“The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”
The Daily seems to have got their hands on a pre-release version of official Microsoft Office app for iPad (via 9to5Mac) which is likely to go live in the App Store in a few weeks. The source has also published a screenshot (below) confirming the app’s existence along with posting their initial impressions of the app. It is believed that an updated OneNote iOS app will also be released alongside to reflect the Metro design language, the exact launch dates for either are however unknown.
Here are the team’s first impressions of Microsoft Office for iPad:
“A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.”
Microsoft Office for iPad will compete directly with apps like Documents to Go, Quickoffice and Apple’s own Pages, Keynote and Numbers.
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