No Office for iPad: Does it matter anymore?

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ZDNet suggests that Microsoft won’t release Office for the iPad until 2014. Does it even matter at this point?

The enterprise is demonstrating that it can get along just fine without Office on iOS. Good Technology’s quarterly Device Activations Report (PDF), for example, found that iOS garnered nearly 77 percent of all activations in the enterprise, up from 71 percent last year. Also, fantastic apps like Readdle’s Documents do just about anything a mobile Office user could want. Now MS hands developers another year to improve their apps and IT departments another year to get comfortable with the iPad.

Jonny Evans at Computer World agrees, saying:

“Were the company to introduce good versions of Office for the plethora of other devices, it would create new revenue, create good feeling, and, if the software’s liked, stimulate interest in its other products.

However, by making its customers wait until some indeterminate point next year, Microsoft looks like it isn’t watching what’s happening, isn’t interested in serving the needs of its customers, and looks out of touch. These steps encourage disinterest in its products. These actions drive its customers — including its precious enterprise customers — to look elsewhere.

By adopting this path, Microsoft is signing its own death warrant.”

I felt a little late in coming to this conclusion after reading this post from Patrick Rhone, regarding a conversation he had with his wife about a year ago:

“…the iPhone came. There was no Office. People got things done. Then the iPad came. There was no Office. People got things done. Android came. People got things done. All of those things that they, just a couple of years ago, were convinced they needed Office to do. They got them done without it. And thus, the truth was revealed.

Microsoft’s biggest miss was allowing the world to finally see the truth behind the big lie — they were not needed to get real work done. Or anything done, really.”

So no rush, Microsoft. We’re fine at this point.

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