Those leaky folks over at Microsoft seem to have once again let a release date roadmap from the coming year slip through the net, though in this instance it’s all about software rather than Surface hardware plans. And unlike most of the leaks we find ourselves gawking at I’m afraid this one doesn’t really contain any good news – those holding out for the launch of Microsoft Office for Android and iOS might have to hold a while longer.
Actually, quite a lot longer.
The Microsoft release roadmap covers three waves of updates the company has dubbed Gemini, but for those with primary or exclusive interest in Office for their Android and iOS devices, all you need to know is that it doesn’t look to be coming anytime soon. While the first two waves of Gemini times for October 2013 and April next year bring along some much-needed updates including Windows Blue and Office RT, Office for Android and iOS isn’t listed as scheduled until at least the fall of next year.
So realistically, it’s looking like the eventual release date of the iOS and Android build of MS Office will be here October 2014 at the very earliest.
It’s been well over a year now since the rumor mill first started throwing out projections as to when the mobile version of Office would land and it pretty much goes without saying that this newly leaked roadmap has caught everyone off-guard. Even a wait as long as the fall of this year would have seemed intolerable to some, so talk of October 2014 is really the last thing most wanted to hear at this stage.
Of course, Microsoft has refused to confirm or deny the authenticity of the roadmap or indeed any of its content – nor have they answered any direct questions on the progress of Office for iOS and Android. In this instance however we’re looking at a rare instance of a leak that most of us will be hoping by all rights to be proven as a big-fat fake as soon as possible, as to be honest we’ve already been waiting too long for the Office spread its reach.