So says The Daily. You remember The Daily? The daily iPad-only newspaper launched by Rupert Murdoch a while back that was supposed to change everything? Well, everything’s kind of the same but The Daily says its sources say that Microsoft is submiting an iPad version of the ubiquitous suite of productivity software known as Microsoft Office to Apple for approval.
A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online. But it’s unclear if Microsoft will support other Office apps at launch or at all.
Game changer? No, I don’t suspect so. But interesting to see Microsoft reaching out to another tablet rather than try to keep Office in the walled garden of its own eventual tablets.