Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Nov 2012 14:21 UTC
Microsoft Another (this time, unsurprising) scoop by The Verge: "Office Mobile will debut in the form of free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the move. Like the existing SkyDrive and OneNote apps, Office Mobile will require a Microsoft account. On first launch, a Microsoft account will provide access to the basic viewing functionality in the apps. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents will all be supported, and edit functionality can be enabled with an Office 365 subscription." Smart move to get users to go subscription.
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vaette
Member since:
2008-08-09

Because coding on Office clones for free is a rather boring way to spend your life I suspect.

The best software is written when the developers are filling a need they themselves have, but anyone who needs an Office suite can go out and buy Office. If LibreOffice comes up with some more innovative plan than being like Office, but free, and a bit more 2003, I doubt it will actually go anywhere without a lot of money to pay developers to work on it.

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earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Well, I had a very real need to have a fully-fledged word processor on my Nokia N800 (see first thread in the comments for this article), which is what drove me to OOo and then AbiWord in the first place. Assuming that the build system hasn't been fixed yet, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a critical mass of OSS devs who have a similar need for their Android/iOS devices and haven't fixed the system accordingly yet. Or maybe that mass exists but the build system is broken beyond repair.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

They were working on something like that at the beginning of the year, don't know how the port has progressed since though.

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/02/libreoffice-developer-shows...

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