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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RE: So?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 13th Dec 2012 10:50 UTC 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.
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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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RE[3]: So?
by darknexus on Fri 14th Dec 2012 00:05 in reply to "RE[2]: So?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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.

Funny thing is, they've tried to go in the exact opposite direction, e.g. Metro. Yet, Office on Windows RT has no touch optimizations, and is virtually the same as Office on your PC. It's as if Microsoft don't really have a coherent idea where they'd like to go, and are trying to do everything at once and failing more than succeeding. While it's cliche, the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" comes to mind when thinking about Microsoft recently. Add to that, I'm not sure how much adoption they'll get on a subscription basis. Most people are already paying enough for various services as is and, especially if they've already bought Office for whichever computer they have, I don't think repeated payments to Microsoft will sit well on top of what Office already cost them.

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