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The prayers of millions of mobile workers have been answered. 4.0 delivers native Office app experience to iOS, Android, and Blackberry devices.

The rumors mills have been working overtime concerning Microsoft’s intention to release Office apps for the iPad.  But none other than Bill Gates himself put the kibosh on that one in a recent CNBC interview where Gates said:

“With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad-type device. But a lot of those users are frustrated, they can't type, they can't create documents. They don't have Office there.”

Gates advice? Buy Windows mobile devices. But analysts say that isn’t going to happen in large numbers any time soon.  At the recent Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit in San Diego, analysts stated that “by 2015, over 80% of the handsets sold in mature markets will be smartphones, and only 20% of those handsets are likely to be Windows phones.”

No need to despair, because today has answered the prayers of the hundreds of millions of iOS, Android and BlackBerry users clamoring for Office access to documents on their mobile devices.  Today, has released its 4.0 product suite.  This is the first native mobile app which bundles Office Web Apps for editing, collaborating and sharing documents with colleagues on iPads and other mobile devices.

But there’s a lot more to 4.0 than Office Web app support on iPads and Androids…because with 4.0, information workers now have a consistent, unified user experience across Office Web Apps, SharePoint, Yammer and SkyDrive Pro, on all the devices they use for work – mobile, desktop and cloud.

Organizations are ecstatic about the new release.  Here is what just a few of existing customers had to say:

  • Mike Miller, Asst. Director of IS at the State of Missouri Dept. of Transportation (MoDOT) said that “as we move to expand collaboration with our external partners and contractors, we are excited about the new capabilities available in 4.0 to reach mobile users in our extended enterprise.”
  • Ron Surette , the Director of General Innovation and CIO at the Library and Archives Canada says “We are looking forward the new features found in the new 4.0 version.”
  • Sid Siegel, director, Corporate Applications and Finance IT at Milliman, one of the world's largest providers of actuarial and related products and services welcomes “the new business-enabling capabilities of 4.0; now our users will be able to take advantage of exciting new Office 365 offerings, in the office and on the go.”

Another key part of the 4.0 release is the announcement of a new native Office 365 and SharePoint app for the BlackBerry® Z10 and BlackBerry® Q10 smartphones, which is available from today on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront. These apps are being showcased at BlackBerry Live in Orlando, May 13-15 in Orlando, booth 263. Follow the excitement on Twitter at #BlackBerry4Biz

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