Microsoft shares reach highest point since 2000 on Office for iPad reports

“Microsoft Corp. shares reached their highest point in nearly 14 years Tuesday, closing up 3.9% at $39.55,” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch.

“That was the steepest level since July 2000,” Crum reports. “The jump followed reports that Microsoft will soon make a version of its Office software suite available for use on Apple Inc. iPads.”

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Reuters reported late on Monday that new Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella would unveil the iPad app at an event on March 27,” Soham Chatterjee reports for Reuters. “Microsoft shares rose as much as 5 percent to $39.90 on Tuesday, adding $15 billion to the company’s market value. At that price, the stock was up about 10 percent since the announcement of Nadella’s appointment on February 4. The shares last touched $40 in July 2000.”

Chatterjee reports, “Microsoft has had iPad and iPhone versions of Office primed for several months now, sources told Reuters, but the company has dallied on their release due to internal divisions, among other things.”

MacDailyNews Take: You know, like having a buffoon for a CEO.

Steve Ballmer“Analysts said the lack of an Office version for the iPad may have robbed Microsoft of billions of dollars in revenue,” Chatterjee reports. “Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their touchscreen devices, a growing contingent of younger companies are turning to cheaper touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud… Last year, Apple offered free updates for life on its iWork business software, which includes rival applications to Microsoft’s Excel, Word and PowerPoint, for MacBooks, Mac computers and iPad.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft stock hits 14-year high, thanks to Apple. (smirk)

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      1. In other words, “real work” appears to be about things other than Microsoft Office. Funny, I suspected that very thing all along, as I observed companies hiring iOS developers. Wouldn’t need them if Office was the only thing that mattered, would they?

  1. Regardless of the quality of the app, I don’t see how their iOS version of Office:
    A. will generate any significant income–being tied to the Office365 software rental model which cost $5 to $15 PER MONTH.
    B. will generate any significant new users.

    If MS would have released a decent version of Office for iPad in 2010, they might have been able to charge $10 – $20 per app.

    Now (800 million iOS users later) most people:
    1. Don’t care
    2. If they do care, they figured out other solutions 3 – 4 years ago.
    3. If they do care, they certainly aren’t going to pay a monthly subscription fee for the “privilege” of using office unless they already HAVE to have Office 365 anyways.

    MS should have remembered its own name (MicroSOFT) and made great software for ANY successful platform instead of chasing fantasies of another monopoly.

    1. or:

      5. The interest in Office for iPad is matched only by the all-emcpassing interest in the names of Mark Spitz’s opponents for his seven 1972 gold medals.


      6. Microsoft is irrelevant to modern technology.

    2. I agree.

      Even if I were inclined to put MS Office on an iDevice, I won’t go with a subscription piece of software.

      Subscription based software is really ransomware or protectionware. It really is a protection racket. Don’t pay your monthly “protection” fee, you lose access to all the files created in that application. It’s already common knowledge that documents created in Office 365 cannot be edited by any other software (even the latest version of MS Office that is not 365). You can open them (reasonably well) and view them. But edit them in their native format? Forget it.

      I feel the same way about Adobe’s Creative Cloud set of applications. Once you get sucked into them — and Adobe changes any file format [presumably to incorporate new functionality] then you’re stuck paying a monthly “protection” fee so you can have full access to your own files.

      Until file formats become open standards not controlled by *any* company, I’m not interested in any cloud based app for my critical files.

  2. So, Microsoft gives away FREE software to be run on a Device that is purchased from Apple for more than $500 and Microsoft goes up. Yes, reality is strange on Wall Street.

  3. In other news, AAPL shares down today as investors worry that Microsoft’s entry onto the iPad signals a lack of quality control at Apple. Yukari Iwatani Kane says, “Steve Jobs would never had allowed Office on the iPad.”

  4. Weird isn’t it that Apple shares are stagnant because its products aren’t successful enough for analysts while just on association with this supper successful Apple product others shares can jump like that. Mad mad contradictory World we live in.

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