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More bad news for Microsoft's (MSFT) tablet efforts: The Verge reports the next release of...

More bad news for Microsoft's (MSFT) tablet efforts: The Verge reports the next release of Office won't include a version based on its Metro tablet interface, due to time constraints. With the iPad and the Kindle Fire claiming huge head starts, a tablet-centric version of Office for Windows 8 may have had the potential to be a "killer app" that could lift Microsoft's enterprise tablet prospects.
Comments (4)
  • Maybe there are people who want to do word processing and spreadsheets in a Metro interface, but not most people. Certianly not enterprise buyers that actually care about productivity. I think you're missing the point - the killer app isn't that Office will look like Metro. The killer app is that with Win 8, the user will have the choice inherent in the operating system. For me at least, my choice will be Office using a keyboard and mouse most of the time.
    31 Jan 2012, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • And I think you are 100% correct. Don't need to play games or watch videos on the plane or while sitting in Starbucks.
    Even if I had those tiny little fingers to play on a toy.
    31 Jan 2012, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • I'm running Win 8 with Office 2010 on an Acer Iconia w500. It's fine. It's a tablet when I want a tablet and it's a full fledged touchscreen / qwerty / mouse unit when I dock the screen back onto the keyboard.
    Look beyond the iPad and the Kindle when you try to envision Windows 8.
    31 Jan 2012, 09:43 PM Reply Like
  • I will look but will still have to figure out why I will need it ?
    1 Feb 2012, 07:24 PM Reply Like
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