updated 03:25 pm EDT, Thu April 2, 2009
Office coming to iPhone?
Some form of Office may indeed be headed to the iPhone, Microsoft's Business Division president has suggested. Stephen Elop made comments to the effect at this week's Web 2.0 Expo, cautioning that while people should "keep watching," nothing is on track for a near-future release. Microsoft has hinted at some form of Office support for the iPhone for over a year.
The addition of Office to the iPhone could substantially improve the appeal of the device for business buyers, offering the ability to browse and edit frequently-used document formats. An app or series of apps could simultaneously undermine Windows Mobile however, which has long held the inclusion of Office has an inherent advantage over other smartphone platforms. Apple has already lured in some business clients by introducing Microsoft Exchange support through the iPhone 2.0 firmware.
Elop meanwhile notes that Microsoft intends to launch an online, ad-supported version of Office, but not before the end of 2009.