Originally posted on Gigaom:
This week saw a fair bit of flap about whether or not Microsoft Office(s MSFT) is close to being ready for the iPad(s AAPL). The Daily shared a photo of the software’s splash screen they saw. Microsoft PR has disavowed that The Daily has seen “actual Microsoft software,” with their last word being that all will be made clear in the “coming weeks.”
It’s this last phrase, that something is coming in the next few weeks, that has set off a new round of speculation that perhaps Microsoft intends to reveal Office for iPad on stage at Apple’s iPad 3 event, which is rumored to be taking place in early March. But would Microsoft use an Apple keynote to demo Office for iPad?
Dan Frommer from SplatF comes out heavily in favor of Microsoft being involved in the iPad event, with Apple using Office for iPad to showcase the capabilities of the iPad 3, which would further lock up Apple’s lead against competing tablets in the workplace. John Gruber doesn’t quite agree, mostly because he feels that Apple doesn’t need to share the spotlight.