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Microsoft Office For The iPad To Arrive Perhaps Even Before The Windows Tablet Version

Microsoft Office For The iPad To Arrive Perhaps Even Before The Windows Tablet Version

Microsoft has taken its time creating touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Office for iPads, Android tablets, and even its own Windows tablets, but the wait may nearly be over--for iPad users.

Originally, the Windows tablet version was scheduled to debut before the iPad version, for obvious reasons, but ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley believes that the opposite will be true. “But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year,” she wrote. “According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK'd the suggestion by the Office team that they'd bring Office for iPad to market as soon as it was ready, even though that would likely mean before the Windows 8 version.”

Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone
Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone

Ironically, releasing the iPad version first also makes a lot of sense. The iPad is massively popular, even in the enterprise, and Microsoft’s tablet market share is tiny by comparison, and Microsoft can make a lot of cash by making Office for iPad available to all those users.

Foley thinks that, in any case, Office for iPad--which should debut sometime in the first half of this year--will require an Office 365 subscription, just as the current iOS and Android Office Mobile apps do.
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This is a good move for Microsoft, but it reveals the decay of their position.

Their traditional tactic would be to sit back and attempt to leverage Office to strong-arm people into Windows, but now they find themselves in the unusual position of needing to get Office onto the 'popular' platform before too many people try the other available office suites. This is fire-fighting to prevent a downward spiral.

Now, the big question: Why is it taking so long for the Windows tablet version?!? Did the Office team's "not-invented-here" syndrome that caused them to do things like write their own compiler and not use the development technologies Microsoft was pushing on all of their partners finally come back to bite them in the ass?

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