Update: And one more:
Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the “coming weeks.”— Microsoft Stories and News (@MSFTnews) February 21, 2012
“The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.”
It also told Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet:
A Microsoft spokesperson said the screen shot accompanying The Daily’s story is not a picture of a real Microsoft software product. But the spokesperson also said Microsoft is declining to comment as to whether or not the company has developed a version of Office for the iPad and/or when such a product may come to market.
She later added this communication from Hickey:
“Right now, someone with a mid-level job at Microsoft is being yelled at. To that person: I’m sorry, I owe you a beer. But say it however you want to, we both know that Office for iPad is on its way. And if it’s as cool as the version I’ve seen, you’ve got a winner.”
A Microsoft employee released a third statement to the MacObserver:
Danell Arvberger, Sr. Category Manager – Office for Mac, said, “Interesting, this is the first I’ve heard of it. Thanks for sharing the article. If I find anything out and able to share I will let you know.”
It sounds like Microsoft is doing a non-denial denial. But wait, Hickey has more:
Peter Ha responded to Mary Jo Foley that not only is the above screenshot from the Microsoft Office iPad app, but it was shown to them by someone at Microsoft.
@maryjofoley we did not fabricate either image. A working version of the app was demoed to us by someone at Microsoft.— thepeterha (@thepeterha) February 21, 2012
What’s going on here? Any takers?
- Microsoft Office for iPad spotted, soon to hit App Store (9to5mac.com)