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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So?
by ricegf on Thu 13th Dec 2012 04:48 UTC
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

iOS could end up being the only mobile platform without Office.


Doesn't seem to have hurt them much thus far.

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RE: So?
by glarepate on Thu 13th Dec 2012 06:51 in reply to "So?"
glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Doesn't seem to have hurt them much thus far.



It's been available for free for some time.

http://site.cloudon.com/product/

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RE: So?
by unclefester on Thu 13th Dec 2012 09:31 in reply to "So?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


Doesn't seem to have hurt them much thus far.


Obviously you don't read the news. Apple is getting absolutely slaughtered in virtually every market except the USA.

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RE[2]: So?
by henderson101 on Thu 13th Dec 2012 10:32 in reply to "RE: So?"
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2006-05-30

errr. No they are not. Not the tablet market. Not in the UK.

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RE[2]: So?
by Savior on Thu 13th Dec 2012 10:39 in reply to "RE: So?"
Savior Member since:
2006-09-02

And not because the lack of MS Office.

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RE[2]: So?
by ricegf on Thu 13th Dec 2012 11:40 in reply to "RE: So?"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

"
Doesn't seem to have hurt them much thus far.


Obviously you don't read the news. Apple is getting absolutely slaughtered in virtually every market except the USA.
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And where do I get Microsoft Office for Android, exactly?

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RE[2]: So?
by ricegf on Thu 13th Dec 2012 12:11 in reply to "RE: So?"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

"
Doesn't seem to have hurt them much thus far.


Obviously you don't read the news. Apple is getting absolutely slaughtered in virtually every market except the USA.
"

Sorry for the double reply - I almost edited my previous post in time!

But this is so timely - read http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/13/windows_market_share_just_2....

According to GS, from 2000 to 2011, Apple's global personal computing market share went from 7% to 23%, Google's from 0% to 33%, and Microsoft's from 93% to 25%.

Now, which of those three offers Microsoft Office?

Most young people I know would use Google Drive even if MS Office were free. It's collaborative, ubiquitous, and more than good enough for most personal use. And LibreOffice is fine for all but the heaviest lifting - I wrote and published my book entirely in it, for example. MS Office still matters in business, but it's no longer the only show (or even the best show) in town.

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RE: So?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 13th Dec 2012 10:50 in reply to "So?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

"iOS could end up being the only mobile platform without Office.


Doesn't seem to have hurt them much thus far.
"

But that's because no platform has Office. The popularity of Office in business is not to be sneezed at, and I can guarantee you that it's a selling point. How much so remains to be seen, but to dismiss its importance just because tablets have been doing fine so far is quite shortsighted.

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RE[2]: So?
by bnolsen on Thu 13th Dec 2012 16:24 in reply to "RE: So?"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

The days of charging an arm and a leg, or frankly even a couple fingers for an office suite are long gone.

MS is doing everything possible to retain the historic revenues and profitability of office. They will fail at this and frankly they should.

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RE[2]: So?
by tylerdurden on Thu 13th Dec 2012 18:39 in reply to "RE: So?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Ability to run (or interact with) Office has been one of Microsoft's main value propositions for their phone OSes. And yet their market share there has dropped like a lead balloon: from almost 40% down to 3% in 5 years (it has regained some ground in the past few months though).

IMO. What Microsoft never got right, until recently, is that usage patterns for mobile devices are different than desktops'. I.e. almost nobody gives a shit about running Office on a phone.

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