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November 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Report: Office for iOS and Android coming in early 2013

Rumors have swirled for months about Microsoft creating Office for iOS and Android — and it looks like the rumors may finally be reality.

The Verge is reporting that Office for the iPad, iPhone, and Android will be coming in early 2013 in the form of an app that — with a Microsoft account — allows the user to view Office documents. To edit the documents, users must have an Office 365 subscription.

That should give a boost to Office 365, the version of Microsoft’s productivity suite that operates from the cloud that people subscribe to.

It also means that Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices will still have an advantage over iOS and Android — at least where Office is concerned — since users of the Windows devices will be able to view and edit Office documents — with or without an Office 365 subscription.

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