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Is Microsoft planning on rolling out Office to multiple smartphone platforms? As pointed out in a post on WMPoweruser, a Microsoft job posting reveals that the Redmond giant is looking for software engineers to bring Office Mobile to smartphone platforms.

Is Microsoft planning on rolling out Office to multiple smartphone platforms? As pointed out in a post on WMPoweruser, a recent Microsoft job posting reveals that the Redmond giant is looking for new software engineers for Office Mobile. Not just to bring Office to the upcoming Windows Phone 7, as you might expect, but also to Nokia and “other leading smartphone platforms” – leading Neowin to speculate that Office Mobile will also be ported to iOS, Android and RIM devices.

Here’s the money quote from the “Software Development Engineer — Office Mobile Job” posting (which is no longer available on the web page, as the position has been filled):

“In addition to the current Windows Mobile 6.5 and upcoming WM7 clients, with the recently announced alliance between Microsoft and Nokia we are working to bring Office Mobile to hundreds of millions of Nokia smartphone owners, followed by other leading Smartphone platforms.”

If Microsoft is planning on bringing Office to multiple mobile platforms, it offers the tantalizing prospect of being able to seamlessly access your Office documents no matter where you are — on the desktop (using Office 2010), in the cloud (using Office Web Apps) and on all your mobile devices (using Office Mobile). It will likely also offer very stern competition for the existing multiplatform mobile office apps, like Documents To Go.

Would you like to see Office on your smartphone?

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  1. Actually I read that as coming to Nokia and then other smartphones. I mean obviously MS will go for Nokia first on account of them having more market share than the next two manufacturers combined.

    iOS… yeah maybe but obviously RIM would be next then Android.

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    1. MS will develop for Nokia first because the 2 companies are in an alliance (as it states in the text of the job posting): http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/12/microsoft-nokia-alliance-an-assault-on-blackberry/.

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  2. This is February 22, and I’ve read about 4G android tablet ROM’s, which is pleanty of space for Office 2010 for ARM smartphone chip. Microsoft has written versions of MS Office for mac os, so it would be nice to see a version for the tablet dual core Honeycomb. Both companies are working on desktop virtualisation with the likes of citrix an example being the ipad version.
    This new tech boom, which has basically saved most of the developed world from going into penuary to the developing world is more revolutionary than the first. Smartphone’s and tablets, will bring computing power to billions at such low energy consumption, that cheap small home wind, solar etc. powerplants will enable vast numbers of famillies to participate.
    These people will want full Office in for example Hindi, at the very least for there childrens education, further they will likely result in India going from 150 million english speakers, to 300 million in no time. My country Australia already exports 12 billion dollars worth of intellectual property per year, 6.8 billion worth of services to China, now surpasing services exports to the US.
    Wi fi patents netted Australia more than 500 million dollars last year alone, welcome middle east and everyone else to the new world.

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