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Microsoft (MSFT) finally releases a version of Office for the iPhone. But the app requires an...

Microsoft (MSFT) finally releases a version of Office for the iPhone. But the app requires an Office 365 subscription, and while users can create/edit Word and Excel docs, they can't yet do the same for PowerPoint. Interestingly, Microsoft tells The Verge it doesn't plan to create an iPad app, arguing the Office Web Apps are available. With mobile productivity apps typically going for $10 apiece or less (much less than PC Office app licenses or 365 subscriptions), Microsoft seems more interested in using Office mobile apps to drive 365 sales and differentiate Windows 8/Phone than anything else. Google (GOOG) offers its Quickoffice apps for free to Google Apps for Business subs. (previous)
Comments (15)
  • Seems like a smart move wonder how this will help drive 365 adoption
    14 Jun 2013, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • Bing!!!!
    14 Jun 2013, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • Having an iPhone, I have to wonder:
    Is there really anyone doing serious document creation and editing with their phone?
    I only use my phone for viewing things when I'm mobile. I can't imagine trying to put together a spreadsheet on a phone.
    14 Jun 2013, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • Serious document creation. No. However making last minute edits to a presentation, changing values in a spreadsheet, or updating a document. Sure, why not? I like the move. Though I do think an iPad App makes as much sense if not more. My guess on MSFT not providing one is an effort to protect the Surface.
    14 Jun 2013, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • Yep, blatant protectionism, or concession that the iPad experience is better, hence, don't help thine competition!
    14 Jun 2013, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • "Yep, blatant protectionism"


    Oh good grief.


    Look, if you had something really special, something that kept paychecks for your employees rolling in... would the first thought that popped into your head be: "Gee, I think I should give this away to all my competition."


    Apple has totally failed in the enterprise productivity space, they shouldn't get the last 20 years of Microsoft development for free.


    give me a break.
    15 Jun 2013, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • OK, I'll give you a break ...


    ... Nonetheless, the same employees are probably thinking how much larger their paychecks, and stock options, would be if MS sold Office to the 350M iPad users and counting worldwide.


    Not to mention Apple in 2010, no less, was in 50% of the Fortune 500 companies. Just think how much faster the adoption would be if, not to mention iPad sales, if Office was available for those companies employees.


    IF Microsoft is a software company, it just makes sense as an investor to see them sale as many subscriptions and software apps as possible not protect a turf.


    Oh and, there is no free, Apple users would have to pay just like windows users, eh?
    16 Jun 2013, 12:20 AM Reply Like
  • " Apple in 2010, no less, was in 50% of the Fortune 500 companies. "


    This is very deceiving...
    In those 50% of companies they made up probably less than 5% of desktop computers.


    Anyway, I'm behind the selling of Office 365 subs to Apple device owners. Though there is no "protectionism", it's just business.
    16 Jun 2013, 01:06 AM Reply Like
  • I can agree on that "its just business" ... my point with the in 50% of F500 companies was not about market share rather about penetration as in an open door. As an investor I just see MS missing out on an opportunity to ... er ... exploit an open door and sell a product on BYOD that business appear to really need - Office. Then watch the continued explosion of BYOD in business, especially Apple devices drive profits upward.


    My personal world is totally different, I choose all Mac products and am biased towards Apple software over MS. But for investing purposes I put my personal preferences aside, albeit I'm Long NOK as opposed to MSFT.
    17 Jun 2013, 01:41 AM Reply Like
  • They bypassed the App Store / iTunes after negotiations on the revenue share failed. Good for them. They are one of the few companies out there that can do that on a massive scale.


    BTW: for people who don't have O365- buying the subscription will also give you (depending on what you choose) rights to multiple installs of desktop apps across Windows and Mac as well (you don't have to choose ahead of time).
    14 Jun 2013, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • i wonder if it is a moot point, an iPad app, if multiple devices means iPad too? After all 365 is a cloud subscription right, hence, Safari on the iPad, eh?
    14 Jun 2013, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • I think that is kind of the point if you pay for 365 it doesn't really matter what you use to access it your paying MSFT for the sub they could care less what you put it on.
    14 Jun 2013, 01:51 PM Reply Like
  • What I doesn't differentiate is how Google is providing the same functionality app for free and why not Microsoft is not able to do so?
    QuickOffice business apps from Google is free but Microsoft Office 365 is cost? What makes them to set a par?

    3 Jul 2013, 07:46 AM Reply Like
  • What that doesn't differentiate to know how Google is providing same functionality app for free and why Microsoft is not? Quick office business apps are free but office 365 is for subscription. Because of these variations only Microsoft is still not getting through their competitors.

    3 Jul 2013, 07:46 AM Reply Like
  • Siennaamelia, I'd say that the problem with that statement is that you claiming the functionality is the same. While I don't have the experience with both to back this up, I'd say they probably are not. MS whaled away at Office until it was the best. Maybe Google Docs is good enough, but that is not the same thing.
    And for some people, Office may provide critical difference makers that they are unwilling to do without.
    30 Aug 2013, 05:07 PM Reply Like
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