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.”
The rumor mill is out of control. Over the past week, it’s been suggested that Apple will announce/release the following on Sept. 12:
- The iPhone 5
- New iMacs
- New iPod touches
- New iPod nanos
- New iPod shuffle
- A 7″ iPad
- A MacBook Pro mini with Retina display
At a press event. That’s more than it’s ever announced during a Macworld Expo keynote. Let’s all just settle down, walk away from the keyboard and see what happens on Wednesday, OK?
A Japanese website with a hit-or-miss rumor success rate [1. Note: My six-year-old has a hit-or-miss rumor success rate. Me: “Will Apple release a new iPhone in October?” Him: “No.” Me: “Will a new Mac Pro be released in January?” Him: “Yes.” If even one of those wild, uneducated, unfounded and out-of-the-blue guesses turns out to be correct, he’ll have a hit-or-miss success rate with Apple rumors. He also thinks Phineas and Ferb are real, so…] reports that a parts manufacturer says Apple will release new Macs this year. Here’s the translation:
“According to anonymous source in Asian supplier company, Apple seems to be preparing project to release new Mac line-up which is absolutely different from current products until end of this year.
Though this source does not told in detail, this new Mac line seems to be clearly different products from current ones, so new product name could be given.”
The second sentence is simply the first sentence re-worded, so ignore it. That leaves this:
“According to anonymous source in Asian supplier company, Apple seems to be preparing project to release new Mac line-up which is absolutely different from current products until end of this year.”
Nix the part about the source because we know that. Now we’ve got:
“Apple seems to be preparing project to release new Mac line-up which is absolutely different from current products until end of this year.”
Apple will release new Macs. There’s your story, folks.
Apple will release new Macs. [2. Similar: Chevrolet will release new cars, and Lada GaGa will release new music and I will release my bowels.]