According to a report by ZDNet, Microsoft may be planning to release touch-based version of the widely-used Microsoft Office software on late 2014. A similar Office touch version won?t be available to Microsoft?s own Windows platform until 2015, the report further said.
Well-connected sources of ZDNet?s Mary Jo Foley believed that the Office touch version for Android will come earlier than its Windows 8 counterpart. The Word, PowerPoint, and Excel will likely come in a Metro-style Windows version during spring 2015 rather than fall 2014, according to the same sources.
If these speculations prove to be accurate, it will be very good news for Android tablet users. Windows device owners might feel betrayed as Microsoft would have chosen to disregard its own platform and bring the new Office touch version to rivals first. However, Microsoft?s new CEO Satya Nadella recently mentioned that in this post-PC era, this must be the path that Microsoft must follow. Tech observers take that to mean that the software company plans to cater to a wider mobile audience first, in this case the iOS and Android users.
Nadella further commented via Twitter that their company wants to provide excellent user experience across different devices. He expressed that they will not be bound to a single app, device, or place. ?It means that Microsoft is headed to a trajectory of releasing Office touch versions and new software to other platforms before Windows, if that?s what it would take to deliver better services (read: better revenues).
This past March, the company released a handy Office touch version for the iPad. Two months after, Microsoft announced that the said Office suite had been downloaded a whopping 27 million times since its release. But we must remember that the said iPad app comes with a price if you want the full experience (i.e. ability to edit documents). As such, Android users may expect a similar arrangement once the touch-friendly Office is available in the Play Store.
Meanwhile, it might also be possible that Microsoft is deliberately withholding the release of an Office touch version for Windows. Tech watchers think that the company will integrate it to the upcoming “Windows 9” so users may be enticed to upgrade.
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