The Verge is reporting that Office Mobile may finally arrive on the iPad later this month during a media event on Thursday, March 27 where Microsoft’s newly minted CEO Satya Nadella is expected to chat up the company’s mobile and cloud plans.
In June it will be a full year since Microsoft unleashed an iPhone version of Office Mobile, and the iPad edition is said to be similar, right down to the need for an active Office 365 subscription in order to actually use it to create or edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Thorsten Hübschen, the Microsoft executive, revealed the software giant’s plans at this week’s CeBIT computer industry show in Hanover. Microsoft disbanded its Mac business unit soon after the most recent version of the suite, Office:Mac 2011, hit shelves in 2010. Hübschen said that internal reorganization at Microsoft has resulted in a renewed push for cross-platform versions of Office, and that the company was already speaking to enterprise customers about the new Mac edition. There was no word from on Microsoft’s plans for a version of Office for Apple’s iOS, where it remains absent. Microsoft insider reported last month that an iPad edition was on the way, but others have indicated that Microsoft scrapped the idea as part of a strategy designed to entice users toward tablets running Windows.