Re: 5 little answers to 5 big questions
Interesting answers-- thanks for providing your take!
I found the actual product to be richer in functionality than I'd expected. I wouldn't say "No" to "Is it more than an oversized version of Office Mobile?" That's not to say it's so amazing that everyone will rush out and buy it, but at first brush, it looks more useful than I'd anticipated. I'd been suspicious Microsoft might hang its hat on document fidelity and cut corners here and there, but the company seems serious about delivering a quality iPad experience, and about cross-platform opportunities in general.
Here are my answers:
1. More than oversized Office Mobile? - Yes
2. Available without Office 365? - Sort of
3. Did Office for iPad arrive too late? I'd say "not quite," but we'll see
4. Will Office for iPad kill Windows tablets? We'll see. On Thursday, Nadella talked about "device innovation" that we'll see at Build.
5. Nadella asserting authority? Yes, but not because he released Office for iPad. True, he could have held up the release, but the gears were clearly in motion before he took the job. Still, Nadella spoke forcefully, confidently and (at least relative to most Microsoft press conferences) transparently. Also, I found it interesting that he just informally walked onto the stage and started talking-- no introduction or build up or anything. Usually there's more ceremony at the start of these things. I sort of liked the lack of pretense Nadella projected by just wandering out and beginning to talk.