Is Office for iPad Too Late in the Game?


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Geek Smack: Office for iPad Coming, but is it Too Late to the Game?

Being a support agent to , I would get a lot of Office 95 questions I would have to answer. I have been a big fan of Office products – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access. I was upset when FrontPage was taken off the Office list, and eventually weened myself off the program.

I remember the day that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates showed up on the same stage to talk about how Apple is working with on the 10 year deal. When I got my first Mac, I made sure it had Office on it. Was not a big fan of the Mac Office, but it did the job and I could move things back to my PC to finish up.

Then in 2010 the direction of the computer changed. The days of the desktop were numbered for most people as the new shiny was the tablet. And not any tablet, but the iPad. To this day, it still outsells the other tablets out there.

In the meantime, alternates to Office started showing up. came around and we saw how the cloud could really affect our lives. And Apple had their own programs – Keynote, Numbers, Pages – making sure they were on the iPad as quick as possible.

Microsoft poo-pooed the idea of the iPad as a productivity tool and ultimately were late to the game. Analysts started to say that adding Office for iPad could bring up to 4 billion in revenue. And then PC sales started to go down…

So now its 2014 and Microsoft might be seeing some real competition in alternate desktop options. Apple and , Google and Drive.

Microsoft needs Office, if anything for stabilization in the game. Right now, Microsoft still holds the majority of Enterprise desktops and server. But in the next 5 years they could see a change in their enterprise market share.

Windows can’t be a dinosaur. Office certainly cannot do that either.

Hopefully, we’ll not see a “Subscription” model come out of this, but a “Freemium” model – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are free. The rest might come at a subscription price simply because the majority of customers don’t need them.

For iPad, Office apps need to be at the same price of the Apple competitor. And Office needs to get some fun apps in there, too – matching or exceeding what and iMovie can do.

That could get them back on track in this new age of the computer…


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