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[4]: Siding with MS
by majipoor on Thu 13th Dec 2012 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Siding with MS"
majipoor
Member since:
2009-01-22

"Microsoft do have costs and the need your money to make it work, which makes it difficult if Apple takes a 30% bite out of it. "

Well, in this case, Apple just refuse to make an exception for MS: 30% is for everybody, big or small player.

One can argue whether 30% is fair or not, but I don't see how to blame Apple to treat MS as any other developer.

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RE[5]: Siding with MS
by MOS6510 on Thu 13th Dec 2012 15:15 in reply to "RE[4]: Siding with MS"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't think Microsoft should get special treatment, but I do think 30% is a lot of money for what Apple gives in return.

If it's apps and app extensions I can understand, because that's code hosted on Apple's servers. Subscriptions aren't. These are costs for who ever is providing a service to subscribers. In this case Microsoft and they need to cover these costs and make a profit, which is hard to do if someone grabs 30% and doesn't give anything in return.

Also 30% is relative. Of $1 it's 30 cents, but of $30 it's $10. Why not use 30% and hard cap it at $2? Or $4, $5?

The more stuff is in the app store the more appealing iOS devices will become. Apple should be less motivated grabbing money from companies who increase the value of Apple's iOS ecosystem.

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RE[6]: Siding with MS
by majipoor on Thu 13th Dec 2012 16:33 in reply to "RE[5]: Siding with MS"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"Apple should be less motivated grabbing money from companies who increase the value of Apple's iOS ecosystem."

Companies who greatly benefit from iOS ecosystem.

This is just business and don't forget that there is an easy solution by not providing in-app purchase which should not be a real problem in this case for Office.

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