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February 21, 2012 at 6:35 AM

[Updated] Office for iPad for real?

Updated with comment from Microsoft

The Daily, an online publication for the iPad that in November said Microsoft is planning a version of Office for the iPad, now has run a photo and update of what it says is the iPad version of Office that will soon be sumitted to Apple for approval.

The Daily also claims it got a “brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software” and that the app includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and has hints of the Metro tile-based design style.

You might want to take the report with a grain of salt, given that The Daily report cites “sources” without being more specific. Opinion has been split on whether Microsoft would indeed release an Office for iPad app. On the one hand, if it does, it could take away from the thunder — and a key differentiator — for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. On the other hand, Microsoft may want to make sure Office is running on as broad a base as possible, including on the industry-leading iPad.

We’ve asked Microsoft for comment and will update if they do.

Update, 12:43 p.m.: Microsoft responded through a spokeswoman: “The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”

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