More Evidence Microsoft Office Headed for iOS

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If Microsoft is doing what rumors say and working a version of Microsoft Office for the iPad and iPhone, it’s going to need to hire developers. Well, that’s just what it’s doing.

Microsoft OfficeThe company has posted two job openings that are specifically “part of Microsoft’s next move on the Mac and on iOS.” The openings are on the PowerPoint and Outlook teams.

Unconfirmed reports that the software giant is prepping an iOS version of Office have been around for some time. One of these says the suite is scheduled to be released in November.

Competing Against Itself?

Some might find this move surprising, as Microsoft is about to release a version of Windows specifically designed to run on devices that will compete with the Apple iPad. Why would Microsoft give a boost to its competitor by releasing a version of Office for it?

The answer could be simple: money. This company makes more money from selling Office than it does off of Windows sales. It does so because Office is the standard suite of business applications, and Microsoft is committed to keeping it so. It has offered a version of the software for the Apple Mac line since the 1990s for this reason, and an iOS version could be part of this.

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