“There have been rumours about Office for iPad for a couple of years now — indeed, a Microsoft executive can rarely appear in public these days without getting asked about it,” Steve Ranger writes for ZDNet. “Although Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently seemed to quash speculation about it once more, the rumour keeps on springing up. That’s because Microsoft’s decisions about Office for iPad send a signal about its broader strategy.”

“Gartner research director Michael Silver also argues that Microsoft should release Office for iPad — and soon,” Ranger writes. “As the PC market continues to erode and the tablet market continues to grow, there’s still a really big opportunity there, he argues.”

Ranger writes, “Microsoft also has to make a bigger strategic decision. ‘The Microsoft Office group needs to decide if they’re in the business of selling Office products or propping up Windows,’ says Silver. ‘If they’re in the business of selling Office, then the iPad and other tablets are a huge opportunity — and if they don’t do it, someone else will… The danger is that people will see a $20 or $30 product, get used to it, and decide that it’s good enough.'”

“By offering Office on the iPad, Microsoft would be effectively acknowledging that Apple had won: it would be an admission that Windows 8 tablets — including its own Surface Pro — had failed to grab market share,” Ranger writes. “In turn, this would signify that the tenure of Windows as the default platform for enterprise customers and consumers is over.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The more people who learn the fact that they do not need Office and the quicker they learn it, the better.

For all we care (being 100% Microsoft free for as long as we can remember) wait until you’re dead, Microsoft. The world would be a better place without you and your ilk.

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