Office for iPad lives and may arrive before Windows tablet version

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The long and winding roadway to Workplace for iPad could still be leading towards a launch in early 2014, in spite of reports suggesting Microsoft had abandoned plans to bring the efficiency suite to the Apple tablet.

According to ZDNet’s well-connected Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley, not just is Workplace for iPad alive and well, it might even show up before Microsoft introduces a touch-friendly variation for Windows 8.1 tablets.

The software, codenamed Gemini inside, is apparently ready for launch with outward bound CEO Steve Ballmer supposedly agreeing to a pre-July release, although it left the business’s own devices behind.

‘As you might expect, Microsoft officials are declining to comment on anything pertaining to Office on iPad,’ Foley composed. ‘However do not think the cynics: Workplace for iPad is coming. And sooner than lots of think.’

Reconsidering? Apparently not

Although Microsoft has actually currently introduced a variation of Workplace for iPhone for Office 365 subscribers, today’s update comes amid recommendations that Microsoft might reevaluate extending Office’s accessibility on various other platforms, in order to guard the business’s interests.

Marketing chief Tami Reller told a technology conference this week: ‘As we go back and say, these core applications, these core brand names that are so crucial to enterprise consumers and customers, exactly how do we make sure that we are thoughtful about what we are doing on the Windows platform, as well as cognizant of the truth that there’s various other devices in their lives.

‘So you’ll see us be thoughtful about how and when we bring exactly what applications to what platforms,’ she shared.

So, while that was interpreted by some as Microsoft backing down the iOS and Android, it may be that the business is simply taking stock prior to ending the lengthiest wait for software application to reach a platform in current tech history.