By Stephen Pate – The rumour is just in from Mary Joe Foley of ZDNet – the Android touch version of Microsoft Office will ship ahead of the Windows 8.1 version.
A slap in the face to loyal Windows 8.1 users? No, it’s just Microsoft going where the most users are.
The number of people using Office on a Surface or other touch Windows computers is dwarfed by the almost 1 billion Android users. Microsoft has less than 5% of the tablet market.
If Microsoft wants to grow the Office business and keep Google out of the Office market they have to jump. And soon.
This is the new Microsoft, driving customers for its products on every platform and not just Windows. Microsoft Office – Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint – is the most popular office productivity software in the world.
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network