Office for iPad is still nowhere to be seen and recent comments from Microsoft’s marketing chief make it sound like that’s not going to change. ZDNet says otherwise and expects Office for iPad in the first half of this year.
Microsoft says it has seen the light in terms of designing software that business users actually want to use. For its new Q&A feature for visualizing Excel data, for example, the product team spent six weeks thinking about UI before even thinking about technology.
In technology and business, it’s all three: whether you won, whether you lost, and how you played the game. Now that Steve Ballmer has finally decided to retire, it’s report card time.
After a June release of Mobile Office for iPhone, Microsoft has followed up with a version for Android devices. The app is free but requires an Office 365 subscription and tablets are on the outside looking in.
Without any fanfare, the software giant has released the clumsily-titled “Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers”, which seems to do what it says on the tin.
Microsoft is planning to bring Office to the iOS App Store next year, and is trying to negotiate a revenue share plan that’s lower than the standard 30 percent cut Apple takes. Apple is reportedly not budging on its rules, according to an AllThingsD report.
The usability of Microsoft Windows 8 on a tablet is so bad that one expert says he’s sticking with Windows 7 until Windows 9 arrives. After using the Surface RT, I understand, but the real issue is lumping together an OS for tablets and PCs.
Steven Sinofsky’s ability to deliver big-money products with minimal delay put him on the short list to be Microsoft’s next CEO. But, he did not work well with others and that will be a key requirement for whoever steps in for Steve Ballmer.
Steven Sinofsky, who drove Microsoft Office and then Windows development for years, is leaving Microsoft abruptly. His duties will be assumed by Tami Reller and Julie Larson-Green, according to a company statement.
More details leak out about Microsoft’s mobile version of Office for iOS and Android devices. The Verge snagged what it says are screenshots of the app, which is reportedly on track to hit app stores early next year.