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  • Microsoft Office for iPhone in a week?


    Dataviz, well-known for their Palm OS software, are promising to bring MS Office editing to the iPhone via their new app, DocumentsToGo. The app will be demoed at the Mobile World Congress which runs February 16-19 in Barcelona. The app will also run on Android.

    Pricing information has not been released, but the app for Palm OS runs $89.99 in its fullest form, with two lighter version at $49.99 (doesn't support Outlook on that version) and $29.99 (missing a ton of features, like Mac-created doc support). It'd be interesting to see if they stay at that price point or try to go lower - they really have no competition in this arena.

    The closest competitor at the moment is MobileFiles Pro by Quickoffice, which only allows for editing of Excel files, and reading of other MS Office documents. That app sells for $9.99.

    Looks like we'll know more come MWC - we'll let you know then, too.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Office for iPhone in a week? started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. royalnewjersey's Avatar
      royalnewjersey -
      Looks to be promising. This is one app that would really add to the iPhone. It's been somewhat of a "missing feature" for business users.

      But, I really doubt many iPhone users would be willing to shell out $50 JUST to edit MSOffic Documents on the go. (assuming you would use apple's mail, and save on the outlook package).

      The most I'd probably pay would be $25. The general price of most shareware apps for mac. Any more, and Ill wait until I get home to use my computer, which can probably edit better anyway.
    1. ej3ffrey's Avatar
      ej3ffrey -
      apple should make iwork for iphone
    1. Aumz's Avatar
      Aumz -
      Great something that all other smartphones have and we have to pay for it...not good at all.

      How many would be prepared to pay to use office on the go...especially since they may already have paid for a licence to use it on their home computers.

      What about companies that may have a number of iphone on their plans, that is a lot to spend out especially in this economic climate.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      They are charging almost the same amount of money as the full office suite costs on PC or Mac... I don;t care if it has twice the features of the original suite, I'll pass. If they do stick with this price point it seems to me this will be yet another app asking to be pirated...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aumz View Post
      How many would be prepared to pay to use office on the go...
      It's only fairly recently that Mobile Office was released on WinMo - before that lots of people bought DataViz so I guess the answer is certainly enough to keep them in business!

      I'm not one of them though.
    1. techgirl's Avatar
      techgirl -
      I hope that it provides a horizontal keyboard. I would go crazy editing my documents with one finger. lol
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      though $100 may seem a lot to some for me it is extremely inexpensive for me. this will be an such a convenience for me.
      Can't wait!!!!

      I will opt for the fullest version available
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by royalnewjersey View Post
      I really doubt many iPhone users would be willing to shell out $50 JUST to edit MSOffic Documents on the go.
      For tons of students and business people who need mobile editing of office documents, it'd be well worth it.

      Quote Originally Posted by Aumz View Post
      Great something that all other smartphones have and we have to pay for it...not good at all.
      DataViz wouldn't be making this and selling it for $90 if all phones have it - they just don't.

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      They are charging almost the same amount of money as the full office suite costs on PC or Mac...
      Office Premium is $499.95.
    1. thetonyclifton's Avatar
      thetonyclifton -
      Yes but most people get plenty from the basic single use office pack - paid 40 for my mac version and dont use half the features. There is no way that I would pay $50 to edit docs on my iphone.

      The most this should be is part of the proposed premium apps in the store at $19.99

      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      For tons of students and business people who need mobile editing of office documents, it'd be well worth it.



      DataViz wouldn't be making this and selling it for $90 if all phones have it - they just don't.



      Office Premium is $499.95.
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by techgirl View Post
      I hope that it provides a horizontal keyboard. I would go crazy editing my documents with one finger. lol

      ....what? I can use both thumbs to type in both landscape and portrait, I don't know why you can't
    1. bbplayer5's Avatar
      bbplayer5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by techgirl View Post
      I hope that it provides a horizontal keyboard. I would go crazy editing my documents with one finger. lol
      You cant use 2 thumbs yet?!
    1. hoits2000's Avatar
      hoits2000 -
      "Worth the money? Not at that price point," What? that makes no sense.

      "but it is the best mobile document editor I've used." Ya, especially since the article said that they have no competition. Hard to be 2nd when your the only one.

      This company sucks. Only retards would by this for 80 bucks. Especially in this economy. They would be lucky to get 30 tops. Even the iphone dropped its price after a few months, then to barely anything a year later.
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      i dont really need to use this even if it does come out but for basic text editing purposes i use text guru it works great and is only 99
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      For tons of students ...
      Office Premium is $499.95.
      [/URL]
      But the Student edition is 60 for a 3 user licence [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000HCZ8EO/30000191-21/?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE]Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (3 User Licence) (PC): Microsoft: Amazon.co.uk: Software[/ame]

      Just a thought
    1. Filo01's Avatar
      Filo01 -
      there just asking for the title of most hacked iphone app at that price. Come on really!! what did you mean it only runs on andriod? do we need to hack our os?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      He said
      The app will also run on Android.
      Not quite the same as
      it only runs on andriod
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I'm not paying that much for an app and for a phone as well and for a phone that is limited by Apple and so features available will be limited due to the SDK. Screw that!

      Hmmmm how long before it appears on cracked app sites when it's out, I give it a day.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Any discussion of cracked apps will, as is standard at MMi, be deleted, and the user infracted.
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      Yet another ridiculous price point.

      No thanks.
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      i'm hoping they will sell for less....i've been looking for an article i read about a week ago to post, but can't find it. the gist of it was based on stats on mobile apps, developers are best suited to develop for the app store over all others....based on how many apps iphone users buy vs. other platforms, devs have to reach an audience something like 90x's bigger with other phones than they do with the iphone to see the same sort of sales numbers. the developer they interviewed said the app store is idea for them because its so much easier to get sales, and because of this, they can sell their apps for less while giving the end user a stronger app because of the iphone's capabilities.

      so, more people downloading apps+more powerful apps=lower priced apps, which only spurs more sales.....so basically i'm really hoping this will hold true for this app and i honestly think it will

      i'm sure development of the app costs relatively the same amount compared to other phones...but even if it is more, i'm sure their target market is much bigger for the iphone than other phones...not just because of sheer numbers, but also because of how much more likely iphone users are to DL apps. that all being said, they can def. afford to sell the app for a lot less and still make it more profitable than other platforms.