Microsoft may reveal Enterprise Mobility Suite with Office for iPad Thursday

Satya Nadella will make his first press conference appearance as CEO of Microsoft Thursday.

In case you haven't heard, Microsoft is holding a press event on Thursday in San Francisco. There are lots of rumors that the company will finally reveal plans to release its Office suite for Apple's iPad at the event, but now a new report claims Microsoft has something else up its sleeve that day as well.

ZDNet reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft will introduce the public to what it will call the Enterprise Mobility Suite on Thursday. The report claims that it will offer a way for businesses to manage their iOS, Android and Windows devices from one central outlet. The suite will include Windows Intune, a premium version of Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Azure Rights Management Services.

So far, the only thing Microsoft has said officially about Thursday's press announcement is that new CEO Satya Nadella will be attending and it has to do with "the intersection of cloud and mobile". The press conference will begin at 10 am Pacific Time (1 pm Eastern time) and Microsoft will live stream the conference from its news website.

Source: ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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Figure 8 Dash said,
Office for iPad would do several things

1. Print money
2. Devalue Windows tablets
3. Put iPads over Android for productivity tablets

Nr. 2 is a huge issue. Microsoft has to be aware of this. They ruled in the 90's because they had Office. When it became clear they would have no competitors left they helped out Mac by giving it Office. Keeping them from becoming a total monopoly.

If I were in charge I would think long term and only bring Office to iPad for Office 365 customers or those who have the enterprise mobility suite. Keep the regular Office exclusive to Windows tablets. They would still print money, devalue Android but keep Window tablet competitive.

I didn't know it was for iPad as well, I just thought it was a viewer with some light editing for iPhone. Can you properly edit documents? Or is it more like a viewer with some edit options.

If the first then I guess the next version will indeed be for regular customers. A very bad mistake in my mind. It would mean the end Microsoft's consumer business. And if BlackBerry learned us anything then its that people like to bring their toys to work and throw away their real productivity tools.

So if Microsoft loses the consumer market, then their business dominance will follow. The 'mobile office' generation will belong to Apple, and iPad business apps will sync with the original program running on a Windows server hidden away in the IT department.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Office for iPad would do several things

1. Print money
2. Devalue Windows tablets
3. Put iPads over Android for productivity tablets

Yes and no for #2. For basic Office needs it does put pressure on Windows tablets but for those that need full Office capability, the ability to use large screens, mice, and keyboards, etc., and iPad isn't going to replace a Windows tablet and there's stilla lot of desktop capability in Windows tablets that's never going to be on an iPad.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Office for iPad would do several things

1. Print money
2. Devalue Windows tablets
3. Put iPads over Android for productivity tablets

1. Probably.
2. Not bloody likely. Stripped down version of Office on a system with a clunky UI will never replace REAL Office for desktops.

Edited by zhangm, Mar 26 2014, 4:45pm :

Nogib said,

1. Probably.
2. Not bloody likely. Stripped down version of Office on a system with a clunky UI will never replace REAL Office for desktops.

2. For most users it will.

Edited by zhangm, Mar 26 2014, 4:16pm :

Nogib said,

1. Probably.
2. Not bloody likely. Stripped down version of Office on a system with a clunky UI will never replace REAL Office for desktops.

Number 2 is very likely. iPad is already replacing Windows devices. Most consumers dont need huge PCs for their computing needs. So far Windows tablets have NOT been competitive with iPad. Microsoft still has difficulties to sell their value proposition to the general public. If Windows tablet lose Office as an exclusive then they lose a big part of their value over iPad.

Edited by zhangm, Mar 26 2014, 4:48pm :

iPads are not serious productivity tools. Never have been, never will be. If you want to seriously use Office, you need a desktop, no way around it.

Nogib said,
iPads are not serious productivity tools. Never have been, never will be. If you want to seriously use Office, you need a desktop, no way around it.

This is a myth that needs to die. The proof is that enterprise adoption of iPads is enormous and on the rise.

Personally I believe mobile tablets like the iPad or some high end Android can have a lot of applications in business and content creation, as many have proved already, for example in music/photo area, advertising/selling, IT department (for remote access).

That said, in the common business/enterprise activities and departments, and specially at management level, iPad have seen a huge interest before but in my personal experience I have seen people using them everyday less. They are good for emails and Internet searching, but phones are good at that too. Using applications for office documents editing is possible, but the experience is far from what you got on windows/Mac devices, both in terms of features and performance. Same can be said for complex files viewing, generated for example by cad or planning software; most of the time you are limited to viewing options only and also limited functionalities, when you have editing option the experience is again far from enjoyable..

It doesn't mean the iPad has no space in business. It has, but it's far from being able to replace more complete and sophisticated machines and OS, even for those decision making people who aren't nnecessarily on the creation side of business.

stevan said,

This is a myth that needs to die. The proof is that enterprise adoption of iPads is enormous and on the rise.

Where is the proof that the adoption of iSads is for productivity tools and not other types of apps?

stevan said,
This is a myth that needs to die. The proof is that enterprise adoption of iPads is enormous and on the rise.

Not just enterprise level though; I've had enough pilots come in buying them for work just the same.

Scabrat said,

Where is the proof that the adoption of iSads is for productivity tools and not other types of apps?

Companies don't buy iPads for angry birds. Google one of million reports of the growing use of iPads in not only Fortune 500 companies, but many others.

stevan said,

Companies don't buy iPads for angry birds. Google one of million reports of the growing use of iPads in not only Fortune 500 companies, but many others.

Right. I am not saying they play angry birds. I am saying they dont buy them for Office-like productivity devices. They use company apps and what not. That was what I meant when I said "other apps" not angry birds. Even though angry birds probably has a majority share on app time for iSads in general ;).

Scabrat said,

Right. I am not saying they play angry birds. I am saying they dont buy them for Office-like productivity devices. They use company apps and what not. That was what I meant when I said "other apps" not angry birds. Even though angry birds probably has a majority share on app time for iSads in general ;).

So how is a company specific app not a productivity tool?

stevan said,

So how is a company specific app not a productivity tool?

Because the original comment was

iPads are not serious productivity tools. Never have been, never will be. If you want to seriously use Office, you need a desktop, no way around it.
meaning that if you want to really get into Office like products or functionality then you will be using a desktop. Its different than a monitor app or a scan-tag-and-collect-inventory app. iSads are not fun to create excel/word/power point projects on.

Scabrat said,
meaning that if you want to really get into Office like products or functionality then you will be using a desktop. Its different than a monitor app or a scan-tag-and-collect-inventory app. iSads are not fun to create excel/word/power point projects on.

Sorry to break it to you, but Microsoft office is not and never will be a benchmark for productivity. I can be productive on a notepad app, if it saves me the time and syncs with other devices. Just an example that tablets of all sizes and makes can be used for productivity within a company. Many, many companies don't use Microsoft Office, yet they have productivity apps available on Android/iOS platform for their staff.

Like I already said, the adoption rate of iPads within the enterprises around the world is just a proof that you don't need a windows device to be productive and do work related stuff.

stevan said,

Sorry to break it to you, but Microsoft office is not and never will be a benchmark for productivity. I can be productive on a notepad app, if it saves me the time and syncs with other devices. Just an example that tablets of all sizes and makes can be used for productivity within a company. Many, many companies don't use Microsoft Office, yet they have productivity apps available on Android/iOS platform for their staff.

Like I already said, the adoption rate of iPads within the enterprises around the world is just a proof that you don't need a windows device to be productive and do work related stuff.

Lol. Ok. Thats an opinion you have. And its the companies opinion to use other productivity apps as well.

But the fact is Office is the standard for "productivity apps" in the enterprise. The whole point of the comment that started this thread was NOT iSads arent being introduced in the enterprise arena it was real use of "productivity apps" (which have grown to mean Office-like apps) are done on laptops or desktops. a 9" screen with no split view doesnt equate to productivity in the sense of document creation.

But feel free to use your notepad or your Google Docs. Whatever helps you sleep at night =).

Scabrat said,

But the fact is Office is the standard for "productivity apps" in the enterprise.

Opinion. Definitely not a fact. Document creation is only one of millions of types of tasks in enterprise environment. My friend uses his iPad at work to monitor temperatures on boilers. It has NOTHING to do with Office. Most of the productivity Apps are input based, created by companies where users can simply input data.

So no, Office is not the benchmark by which productivity is measured. It's in the name itself, "office", and a lot of companies are not "office" related.

The whole point of the comment that started this thread was NOT iSads arent being introduced in the enterprise arena it was real use of "productivity apps" (which have grown to mean Office-like apps) are done on laptops or desktops.

I have no clue what this sentence means. And not sure what an iSad is, never heard of that.

a 9" screen with no split view doesnt equate to productivity in the sense of document creation.

Again, just opinion. Most people have no problem creating documents on iPads. After all, even Microsoft is disagreeing with you, it's why they are releasing Office on the iPads.

But feel free to use your notepad or your Google Docs. Whatever helps you sleep at night =).

No clue what you're saying here either.

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