The Internet was all abuzz yesterday with rumors that Microsoft won\u2019t release native iOS Office apps for businesses until December and for consumers until February 2013. Andy Patrizio\u2019s Microsoft Explorer blog has the full story, including Microsoft\u2019s denial of those rumors.\n\tMeanwhile, Microsoft\u2019s big push into Windows 8 tablets will be fully unveiled at a company event scheduled for October 26. Hmmm. I wonder if these two stories have anything in common...\n\tA great deal is riding on Microsoft\u2019s push into touchscreen-enabled tablet computing\u2014the future of the company, for starters. So you really can\u2019t blame Steve Ballmer for not wanting to steer focus away from its Surface tablet and Windows 8 debut with an iPad Office app release.\n\tStill, in this BYOD-cloud-mobile era, Microsoft has remained tied to the traditional desktop for way too long. Of course, that\u2019s where the bulk of the company\u2019s revenue comes from today, so it makes some sense. And it\u2019s not as if Microsoft hasn\u2019t tried to go mobile. So far, its mobile efforts\u2014the Windows Phone OS and the various CE devices before them, SkyDrive, Outlook.com and Office Live 365\u2014never really gained much traction.\n\tWe\u2019ll have to wait until October 26 and beyond to get a more complete picture of Microsoft\u2019s mobile computing future. I\u2019m honestly hoping the company has some seriously "wow" stuff in store for us, like charging $200 or so for the Surface tablet (which has been rumored).\n\tIn the meantime, while we wait (and wait) for native Office iOS apps, here are some things you can do to boost your productivity while using Apple\u2019s tablet.\n\t* Get Office apps via Google Chrome and SkyDrive\n\tIan Paul, in CIO.com sibling publication PC World, detailed how you can create and edit Office docs on an iPad via a combination of the free Chrome browser for iOS, the SkyDrive cloud-storage service and Microsoft\u2019s cloud versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The process isn't seamless, but it might just work for you.\n\t* Give Office\u00b2 HD a try\n\tIn this slideshow, InfoWorld\u2019s Galen Gruman picks the best Office-compatible and productivity tools for iPads including Office\u00b2 HD ($8) for word processing. I\u2019m a fan of Office\u00b2 HD, too, especially because\u2014unlike other iPad office suites\u2014it supports Word\u2019s essential Track Changes feature.\n\t* Run Office apps in a virtual environment\n\tCloudOn is my favorite app that let you run cloud-based Office apps in a virtual environment on your iPad. It works well with Dropbox, offers the best on-screen keyboard for use with cloud Office apps and has other goodies. Read more about it and other options in my post \u201c3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office on Your iPad, Android Tablet.\u201d\n\tYour Office iPad Workaround?\n\tWhat are you using to create or edit Office-compatible docs on your iPad? Share your experiences in the comments below.