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Microsoft beefs up Office on iPhone with stand-alone apps

Juan Carlos Perez | Nov. 7, 2014
Microsoft, reluctant for many years to port Office to rival platforms like iOS and Android, changed course little over a year ago and is now doubling down on its cross-platform effort.

Office apps for iPad have been installed 40 million times since their release in March, and each has a 3-star rating on the App Store. Apple has sold 225 million iPads since the tablet was launched in 2010.

Finally, Microsoft will start a beta test of the three Office apps for Android tablets, and interested users can submit their requests to be included in the program. Microsoft expects to have the apps ready for general availability in early 2015.

So how about the long-promised, touch-screen optimized Office apps for Windows tablets and smartphones? Lefebvre said those will be ready for when Windows 10 becomes generally available at some point next year.

 

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