After a day of back and forth on the issue of whether Microsoft really is building Office for the iPad, and if so, when it will be submitted to the App Store, the company had one last bullet in its clip: “Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the “coming weeks.””
Again, Microsoft is not deying the existence of a project to bring the Office productivity suite to the iPad, but instead is making it clear that the company has beef with some component(s) of the Daily’s story, which contained the claim that the software is being submitted to Apple in the next few weeks.
That Microsoft echoed the same time frame that the Daily claimed is correct for the iPad Office suite is quite interesting. To refresh youreslf, here’s what the Daily said this morning: “An exact launch date is unknown, but the design team has since wrapped up the project, meaning it could be released in the coming weeks.” Compare that to Microsoft’s note. Come to your own conclusion.
We tried to dig up some new information from the Redmond-based software giant, but were gently rebuffed. We were told by the company’s PR team that “The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”
Microsoft nearly never comments on rumors or speculation. It’s their mantra. That they have been so vocal on this issue is more than simply interesting, it’s downright suspicious. Something is afoot. The moment we know, so will you. Stay posted, my friends.