by Ammaar Reshi
February 21, 2012
Mobile newspaper, The Daily, claims to have a build of Microsoft Office running on the iPad. As shown in the image above, the office software suite, seems to have Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint included. The app also appears to boast Microsoft's new Metro interface (a personal favorite) and some other features such as Messenger and (probably Bing) search, as seen on the bottom bar. Microsoft Office for iPad is a direct competitor to Apple's iWork suite. Additionally, unlike iWork, Microsoft seems to have included each software package in one app, whereas, Apple has released Pages, Keynote and Numbers separately. There is no doubt that this could be a little marketing stunt from Microsoft to create hype for the app. Honestly, I can't wait. If the app is not a lousy SkyDrive web-interface, I am certain iWork will not stand a chance against Microsoft's flagship software suite. The app is expected to come out very soon (maybe even in a few weeks), in the meantime, however, we would like to hear your views on the matter. Is this an iWork killer or Microsoft disaster? UPDATE: Microsoft has said that this rumor is nothing more than, well, a rumor. According to iClarified, a Microsoft spokeswoman stated, "The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment." So, apparently the image is a fake; or, rather, "not from Microsoft." Still sounds quite suspicious to me. UPDATE #2: The Daily's Peter Ha is disputing the accusation that the images are fake, calling Microsoft out on Twitter. This is quite the show.
@maryjofoley we did not fabricate either image. A working version of the app was demoed to us by someone at Microsoft.— Peter Ha (@ThePeterHa) February 21, 2012