Microsoft is the king of promoting products early that never end up seeing the light of day. According to a press release sent to The Verge, a version of Microsoft Office for iOS will be released in March of 2013.
Will this actually happen? I’d give it a solid maybe. Microsoft has definitely stepped up their game in the mobile arena recently receiving some high praise for their beta versions of Windows 8.
Furthermore, Microsoft Office has always been one of the largest selling software packages for the Mac. Finally jumping into the App Store would make a lot of sense. It would have made even more sense several years ago.
Apple isn’t struggling to convert new users to the iPad or iPhone, but one of the biggest questions asked by a new Mac user is, “Can I get Office on there?” So while an iOS version of office may cut into Apple’s iWork sales, overall this would be another great selling point for the iPad.
But, a lot can happen between now and March 2013.