Microsoft Developing Native Office Apps for iPhone

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The iPhone is definitely turning into an enterprise heavyweight. Tom Gibbons, head of Microsoft's Specialized Devices and Applications Group (which houses their Mac developers) confirmed to Fortune that Microsoft is looking at bringing native Office apps to the iPhone with the SDK: "To the extent that Mac Office customers have functionality that they need in that environment, we're actually in the process of trying to understand that now." And why wouldn't they?

On top of Office apps, TellMe, which Microsoft picked up last year, does voice recognition software, mostly for Windows Mobile, but their general manager said that they're "absolutely going to get a version out there as soon as we can, get TellMe out there on the iPhone." So yes, Microsoft plans to be all over your iPhone. [Fortune via AppleInsider]

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RIM controls what percentage of the market with the BlackBerry, and they have never released anything for that platform. Yet they publicly admit they are considering doing something for an iPhone that controls (currently, yes) a small percentage in comparison.

Maybe the momentum is so great with the iPhone that they feel they can not ignore it? Or, are they actually a bit concerned about the integration with the iWork (or whatever it is called) software that Apple now develops?

Whatever the reason, it is nice to see Microsoft getting back into the 'software business' again and not making choices on platforms to support based on their own self-interest.