Microsoft Ceo Calls Office For Ios 'unnecessary'
Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:15 AM
In our household of 5, 2 adults and 3 teenagers, we eliminated all Windows apps 2 years ago. We current use iWork for all our "office" needs.
I used to think that MS was missing a great opportunity buy not re-implimenting Office for the iPad.
However, seeing what MS did with Office on the Surface -- I am glad they ignored the iPad.
iWork on the iPad is a fraction of the cost and is actually "useable/useful" on the iPad... Office is not usable on a tablet.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:04 PM
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:55 PM
Frankly, how many people would be swayed simply because of this one factor? If a person wants an iPad, the presence of Word, PowerPoint or Excel won't make any difference. There might be a couple of thousand people for whom this would be enough to tip the balance in their purchasing decision. If you buy a Surface it would be for a better reason than just this.
Ballmer obviously (and quite unrealistically) believes that MS will make a bigger profit from snagging a couple thousand extra Surface sales (with a $300 margin) than it would by selling a couple of million $29 individual Office apps. The math doesn't work.
MS needs a CEO who puts the customer a bit higher up on the list of priorities. This bull rhinoceros approach doesn't work.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:18 AM
iWork documents can already be opened by Office. I do it all the time! I have a Mac at home and PC at work and have no issue doing work at home and opening the documents on my PC, or opening documents done on my PC on my Mac!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:22 AM
Where are you getting your sales projections on the Surface? Sounds to me like you're one of those people that likes to throw around anecdotes with numbers attached to lend credibility. The fact of the matter is, now that Microsoft is in the portable market they have to provide their customer(those buying their products) a value added reason to choose them over another product, and one way to do this is by making the transition between devices seamless. This isn't bad business for them, and your claim that they are leaving "the customer" in the dust should actually read "they should cater to us apple worshipers because we're all special". The fact of the matter is, it's easy to marginalize ipad users, because the point of buying one isn't for productivity.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:27 AM
You're right, it'll be years before iPads can run... a spreadsheet o_O. Try using Keynote on an iPad then get back to me. Great use of both "iDiots" and "playthings" in your comment too. Really makes you sound grown-up.