re: Microsoft Office For Android, iOS In The Works
Ok, wow. Way to sidetrack actual news into an opinion piece devoid of any fact or true understanding of Microsoft's existing product line.
Here's how this will probably work, given what we know. This ability to view will likely be worked into the Skydrive apps, much as editing abilities are worked into the Google Drive apps. Like Google Drive, Skydrive offers storage for free (7GB as opposed to Google's 5GB). Like SkyDrive now, the new version will let you edit synced documents using third-party apps.
However, if you want to edit documents using Microsoft's tools, you will need to, you know, purchase the tool. Microsoft isn't an online services company. They're a software company. They don't make money funneling you online so you can view ads. They charge for the tools they provide. Office 365 is Microsoft's new way of offering full Office at an easier-to-pay rate. You subscribe to the software, and then you can get it on your PC, but also have access to web clients and mobile clients (what this report is talking about).
The benefits you get are the ability to edit synced documents from anywhere (like Google Drive) as well as the advanced tools provided in Microsoft Office. You may not need those tools, but I do. I use the advanced tools built into PowerPoint on a daily basis. I've used Google's presentation editing software, and it is minimal at best. The Docs app is much better than it used to be (the collaboration features are great, which is why I still use it for some things). However, it still lacks features like Grammar and style checking (I need this, being an author), and also lacks some graphic editing features that I use regularly for fliers, handouts for my kids' in-home learning, etc.. I'm a happy Office user. I've tried OpenOffice as well as online services, and haven't found the equivalent of MS Office.
If you don't need the tools, that's fine, but don't discount it or talk as if its ridiculous that someone might need it. That's like saying, "I have a core i5 processor and it does everything I need it to. Who would ever pay more for one of those stupid i7s?" As a video editor who uses After Effects regularly, I can attest that's not true. And your statements about Office aren't either.