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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