Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 23:18 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Sources familiar with the ongoing negotiations between Apple and Microsoft tell AllThingsD that the companies are at loggerheads not over the 30 percent commission Apple asks of storage upgrade sales made through SkyDrive, but over applying that same commission to Office 365 subscriptions sold through Microsoft Office for iOS, which is expected to launch sometime next year." iOS could end up being the only mobile platform without Office.
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Siding with MS
by Alfman on Thu 13th Dec 2012 04:28 UTC
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Having devices and operating systems that force users and developers to pay 30% fees to the apple gatekeepers for applications is bad enough. But having to pay apple fees for ongoing subscriptions and other transactions is ridiculous.

Just think about what it means for a moment. If we were to write an ios app for our own store (one of my clients sells marine parts), apple would demand a 30%'s appalling. Oh just keep the IOS app for browsing but redirect to the website for transactions, right? No, apple's banned apps with links to websites that potentially make money without giving apple a commission. They feel entitled to own us at every turn.

All this while we were so worried about network carriers becoming the dictators of our technology, but it could be the OS gate keepers who'll succeed.

Edit: MS obviously have their own little walled garden they're guilty of too. But as they say "two wrongs don't make a right".

Edited 2012-12-13 04:34 UTC

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