After countless rumors, Microsoft Office is once again said to be on its way to the iPhone and iPad (and Android). Office for iOS will reportedly consist of separate apps for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and will require a Microsoft account to use. The basic Office apps will allow users to view their documents, but an Office 365 subscription will be required for editing. But it's not all good news according to Tom Warren of The Verge:
Microsoft will allow iOS users to purchase an Office 365 subscription within the app, or let organizations distribute codes to enable Office Mobile editing for users. The apps will allow for basic editing, but we're told this won't go very far in attempting to replace regular full use of a desktop Office version.
Despite the lack of advanced functionality, the arrival of Office on iOS will be welcomed by many. Developers have tried to fill this particular gap since the App Store first opened, but there are many customers that have held out for the true Microsoft Office experience.
Whether Office for iOS proves to be enough for users, or they look to other apps, we will have to wait and see. Microsoft Office for iOS is said to be arriving in March 2013.
Source: The Verge