Updated March 28, 2014 by Candice So. 

Microsoft Corp.’s code-name for its future release plan for Office products is “Gemini,” according to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley.

While Foley doesn’t reveal her sources for the information, she has a pretty good track record when it comes to nailing down Microsoft’s plans. What Gemini means is that Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are getting make-overs for a release this fall, perhaps to better align with the new touch-interface of Windows 8. The newly released Office 2013 apps run in desktop mode on Windows 8 and Windows RT, and Microsoft likely wants a good lure to its tablet devices.

Also, starting in 2014, Microsoft will be looking to push its Office 365 subscription model that sees Office applications delivered as a service over the Web, no matter what device you are using. That’s good news for Apple iPad and Android tablet fans that want to be productive with the tablet hardware of their choice. But what if you just can’t wait until next year to start editing spreadsheets or creating slideshow presentations on your tablet?

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  • Maurice Hilarius

    Who cares?
    MS Office and M$ in general are only one step away
    from Blackberry as “last years news”

    Now go and write an irrelevant article about Windows phones.

    • rebutus maximus

      You sad little man.

    • bahahahaaaa

      Douche, yes, u r a douche. Mauriceh, not the author. It was cut and dry but had the relevant review opinions for making a decision. I’ve gathered u’ve never been put to task with numbers; maybe an 8 count or something… do I smell a band teacher? Blackberry will be back, u’ll owe ‘em a RIM job.

    • gisabun

      I can tell by your comments and tone that you definitely don’t care about Microsoft. Who cares – as you put it. Being biased in the computer business means you will never appreciate what other companies offer.
      Noti9ce how NOBODY cares about Linux – an OS that never took off after 15 years….

  • Azim

    Am not ready to pay up $9.99 every month ……….. I have alternate Apps on my IOS that allows me to create and edit …………..

  • Vitalii Varbanets

    In order to print/convert to PDF doc files you can use Documents Viewer (http://nektony.com/documents-viewer)