Corroborating previous reports, Rupert Murdoch’s tablet-only magazine The Daily has apparently seen a work-in-progress version of Microsoft’s native Office app for iPad and they posted the above screenshot to prove it. Their initial impressions?
The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system. Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online.
According to unnamed sources, the team has wrapped up the project and will soon submit the app for approval. They are also working on an Android version of Office and putting the finishing touches on an updated OneNote iOS app with the Metro UI overhaul. When Office for iPad finally arrives, it will compete with the likes of Documents to Go, Quickoffice and Apple’s own Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps.