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Microsoft Office For iPad Nears Release?
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User Rank: Apprentice
3/14/2012 | 5:01:21 PM
re: Microsoft Office For iPad Nears Release?
Back in the day, when every organization and most every individual used Office, it helped to sell PCs. Folks didn't want Macs unless they could generate Office documents that would port from home to work and vice versa. Data Viz made sure that every PDA under the sun could handle Office files.

We all know that those days are over. Google Docs, Open Office, iWorks, etc. can all read and write documents that are compatible with the office format to a very high degree. People and even corporations are jumping ship in droves to these other platforms. Those using smartphones and tablets have numerous options as well.

Microsoft knows that too; they aren't blind. Yet it's in their corporate DNA to act as though they get to call all the shots, even when it's no longer in their interest to do so. And Office is a very fine product and that still has a huge market share. There's a reason why the Office document format remains the lingua franca for all of the above products that I mentioned and others that I didn't mention.

My theory of how the interaction of these forces will play out? I agree that The Daily most likely saw something "real". It could have been an OnLive demo but I'm betting that there's also a test version of Office for iOS. For now, it's vaporware. Microsoft will likely release a version of Office for Windows 8 for tablets first. They'll make a point of this in their ad campaign. Finally, the actual software that you use at work on your tablet. Blah blah blah.

Office won't be enough of a driver to launch Windows tablets though. At best it will attract some diehard users who would have gone Windows anyway. Once the new tablets find their level, then look for Windows to offer an iOS solution whether it's an app or a great implementation of OnLive or both. They will realize-just as they did with Macs-that it's better to make money from app sales than it is to let a competitor's products succeed and get nothing from it.

Alas by the time we get Office for Windows on the iPad, it will be even less relevant than it is now. Too bad so sad.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/21/2012 | 5:28:39 PM
re: Microsoft Office For iPad Nears Release?
I'm sure that ab Office iOS app will do very well however, it's not something I'm interested in. I've never had a problem running Google Docs on iOS, or any other major OS for that matter, and don't plan on paying any future MS Office App much attention.

I think the thing that interests me most is MS's dedication to that Metro theme. I'm not a big fan of it. I really felt that it was clumsy (or maybe I mean awkward) in the Windows 8 betas. Although I'm not a fan of it, I am very curious to see how the general public will receive it once it's released.

Thanks for keeping us up to date on this, IW!

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