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Microsoft Office for iOS and Android set for 2013 release?

A mobile version of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android could be coming early next year.

The news was confirmed to the Verge "through several sources close to Microsoft's plans."

Office Mobile will reportedly be launched in the form of separate free apps that will offer support for Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, respectively. Before downloading the apps, one will first have have a Microsoft account.

However, these apps will only allow users to view the documents. An Office 365 subscription (which will be available as an in-app purchase) will be required in order to gain editing functionality, though, according to the report, it will be quite basic and "won't go very far in attempting to replace regular full use of a desktop Office version."

The Verge recently reported that a "recent Microsoft press release from the company's Czech Republic subsidiary" unveiled that Office Mobile would arrive on iOS between late February and early March, and on Android in May.

However, Microsoft denied the rumour, saying "the information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate. We do not have anything further to share at this time."

Rumours concerning the Android and iOS versions of the Office suite have been in circulation for some time now, with previous reports pointing to a November release of the product.

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