“A leaked report claims Microsoft intends bringing Office to Apple iPads — but not until 2014,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “Meanwhile IDC informs us that PC sales have slumped to a 20-year low. Microsoft’s refusal to follow trend means it has signed its own death warrant… Neither IDC not Gartner (who also published PC market figures yesterday) account for tablet sales as PCs. A third analyst firm, Canalys, does do this, and believes tablet sales will eclipse notebook sales by 2014.”
“The IDC and Gartner figures also confirm that Windows 8 has failed to ignite the PC market, and, indeed, has served to slow that market,” Evans writes. “Microsoft, with its anachronistic worldview, believes that by making Office software unavailable to users of other mobile platforms [Apple’s iPad, in particular], it can leverage this lack in order to create future demand. This isn’t going to work… By adopting this path, Microsoft is signing its own death warrant.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iPad and iPhone are already firmly ensconced into the Fortune 500 and SMB market without Microsoft’s bloated morass of insecure spaghetti-code and nobody’s buying Windows-based tablets. The world is rapidly learning that it can live without Office and, by failing to pollute iOS devices with their crapware, Microsoft is spreading the news better than anyone. Heckuva job, Balmy, heckuva job!
Report: Office for Mac coming spring 2014, Office for iOS due in autumn 2014 – April 10, 2013
To stellar CEO Steve Ballmer, Office without iPad support makes ‘a lot of sense’ – January 30, 2013
Microsoft still unsure about when, or if, they’ll release Office for iPad – June 7, 2012