While there have been a number of hints that Microsoft is preparing to release a version of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android, a comment from a Microsoft product manager seemingly confirms that a mobile is in fact in the works, and that Microsoft is planning a release in March of next year.
The Verge reports (via Czech site IHNED.cz):
Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that the software maker is planning to release native iOS and Android versions of Office 2013 next year. Speaking at a press event in the Czech Republic earlier today, Bobek told Czech site IHNED that native apps will be made available from March 2013.
A press release, seen by The Verge, from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team confirms the availability for iOS and Android. “In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian,” says Microsoft, while separately noting that there will also be a new version of Office Web Apps too.
The report also seems to specifically mention a new version of Microsoft Office for Mac, as well as mentioning that Office 2013 will be available to businesses in September, followed by a consumer launch in February, with the iOS and Android launch to follow in March.
Previous rumors had suggesting that Office for iOS and Android would launch in November.