Microsoft has been pretty stubborn over the years about exporting its crown jewel software, the Office suite, to Mac, let alone mobile devices. Now there are rumors that Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the gang are headed for iOS devices as well as Android gizmos. The blog BGR says it could happen this coming November. We’ve seen rumors like this before but the November timing is new and could be an interesting wrinkle given all the mention of a looming Microsoft Windows tablet launch coming up early next year.

Of course, how much work on Excel could you really do on an iPhone? Still, it would mean Microsoft playing along a little more than it has in the past.

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