Free iPhone App for Microsoft Office - Possibly in the works
Web-based Office edition not coming this year
The smartphone market is booming thanks to mobile devices like the iPhone and the Blackberry. As other segments of the market are in decline, the smartphone market continues to grow in part because the average smartphone offers multiple functionalities in one device.
Users of most smartphones can access the internet, check email, and view/ edit Office documents. This capability allows the smartphone to do things that required a mobile phone and a laptop not too long ago.
One of the key things that many users of the iPhone are clamoring for is something that many other smartphones already have -- the ability to edit documents from Microsoft Office. EWeek reports that Microsoft's Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft Business Division, hinted at the Web 2.0 conference that an Office application for the iPhone might be in the works.
Office document editing capability is one of the things that Elop says Microsoft recognizes as a demand from the smartphone market. Tim O'Reilly asked Elop directly if that means the software giant is working on a version of Office for the iPhone. Elop replied, "Not yet—keep watching."
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