“Satya Nadella, who took over as Microsoft’s CEO less than two months ago, is expected to use his first press conference to talk about Apple,” Charles Cooper reports for CNET.

“Specifically, Nadella, hosting an event in San Francisco Thursday, may announce that Office 365 will be available on Apple’s iPad,” Cooper reports. “The decision to make Microsoft’s cash cow available on a product sold by one of its arch rivals not only breaks with a long Windows-centric history, it also sends a signal from the new boss that more big changes are in store.”

MacDailyNews Take: You know, it “breaks with a long Windows-centric history,” if you disregard the already-available Office for Mac, Office 365 for iPhone, and the inconvenient fact that Word and Excel debuted on the Mac many years before Windows (two years for Excel, four years for Word).

Cooper continues, “‘If nothing else, it would be an important statement that Microsoft is serious about offering its services on platforms other than Windows, even potentially at Windows’ expense,’ said Michael Silver, a research vice president with Gartner.”

MacDailyNews Take: Pfft. See above Take.

Cooper continues, “Office 365 offers different subscriptions at different prices for access to things like office applications and file storage and sharing. A subscription for users of Windows Surface tablet currently costs $99 dollars a year. ‘Anyone who thinks they’ll get Office for iPad for a few bucks from the App Store will be seriously disappointed,” Silver said. “Microsoft has been pretty clear that its strategy is all about Office 365. Office for iPhone and Android phones are only available to Office 365 subscribers, and Office for iPad is likely to follow suit.'”

MacDailyNews Take: If so, it’ll be a niche product used only by those companies which have stupidly shackled themselves to the bloated, overpriced Office on the desktop.

Cooper continues, “Given his background, Nadella understands how closely Microsoft’s future is tied to the success of its cloud platform. It also offers a handy answer to the questions about how Microsoft will find its future source [of] growth in a world where the glory days of Windows and PCs are far, far behind them.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iWork simply works better across iPads, iPhones, Macs, and Web browsers.

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