Microsoft Office on the iPad (Update)

If Microsoft does indeed release Office for the iPad (Google translation), The Daily will flip its lid.

Last February, The Daily claimed that it had seen an early build of Microsoft Office for the iPad:

“A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online.”

The digital publication first hinted at the software’s existence in November, 2011.

Microsoft immediately denied the software’s existence:

“A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: ‘The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.’ She added that a screen image included with The Daily’s article showing an Office product for iPad was ‘not Microsoft’s software,’ she said.”

Shortly after that, The Daily claimed that it was actually given a demo by a Microsoft employee.

If Microsoft’s Office suite is released for the iPad next year, expect a mighty “I told you so” from The Daily. Provided that The Daily still exists, in May, 2013 that is.

Update: Microsoft’s head of corporate communications Frank Shaw has flatly denied today’s rumor, saying, “The information shared by our Czech Republic subsidiary is not accurate. We have nothing further to share.”