Microsoft plans more non-Microsoft platform products in 2012

This week we have seen a lot of Microsoft products released on non-Microsoft platforms. A version of the OneNote software was released this week for Apple's iPad. Its Skydrive client software was also released for the iOS platform. Now a new article on ZDNet has revealed that Microsoft has even more plans to release its productivity software products on non-Windows mobile platforms.

Tom Rizzo, the Senior Director of Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 software division, is quoted as saying, "We want to work where people work, whether it’s online or offline, and on various platforms." Some people have noticed that Microsoft seems to be more interested in releasing software that will work on the iOS platform, rather than Android which actually has a bigger market share in the smartphone industry. Rizzo states, "Android is more of a consumer device play. But iOS and iPad are mattering more in the enterprise."

Of course the big question is, "When is Microsoft Office going to come to the iPad?" While there are rumors that Microsoft is actively working for that iPad port to happen, so far Microsoft has yet to confirm that it is even working on such a project.

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Microsoft appears to be abandoning the traditional PC platform that has made it so successful. First, Windows 8 for tablets (and smartphones). Now, applications for non-PC platforms.

TsarNikky said,
Microsoft appears to be abandoning the traditional PC platform that has made it so successful. First, Windows 8 for tablets (and smartphones). Now, applications for non-PC platforms.

Well thats sort of what consumers are doing. Computers will still be around, No dobut BUT the trent is going to smartphones and tablets made by non microsoft platforms

TsarNikky said,
Microsoft appears to be abandoning the traditional PC platform that has made it so successful. First, Windows 8 for tablets (and smartphones). Now, applications for non-PC platforms.

adapt or die

"Android is more of a consumer device play. But iOS and iPad are mattering more in the enterprise."... Hmm.. I just can't see why iPad is more "enterprise oriented" than any other tablet...

Buzz99 said,
"Android is more of a consumer device play. But iOS and iPad are mattering more in the enterprise."... Hmm.. I just can't see why iPad is more "enterprise oriented" than any other tablet...

trust me when I say this, I don't know why but iPad is getting rapidly adopted in enterprise.

dhan said,

trust me when I say this, I don't know why but iPad is getting rapidly adopted in enterprise.

Must be because it's the enterprise that pay for the (overpriced) device...

Buzz99 said,

Must be because it's the enterprise that pay for the (overpriced) device...


And by overpriced you mean, around the same price as a decent comparable Android tablet?

Buzz99 said,
"Android is more of a consumer device play. But iOS and iPad are mattering more in the enterprise."... Hmm.. I just can't see why iPad is more "enterprise oriented" than any other tablet...

Does android have the same exchange management features that ios has? Apple is specifically Licensing this from microsoftand could be the reason.

virtorio said,

And by overpriced you mean, around the same price as a decent comparable Android tablet?

When you've got companies selling Android tablets and iPads, they are actually able to tweak prices on Androids. They're not allowed to do this with Apple products. Not to mention that cellular carriers can offer subsidies on Android tablets in exchange for a two year contract. They can't do this with the iPad (prepaid data only, therefore there is no contract). For example, at AT&T, we sell the Galaxy Tab 8.9 with LTE for $629 with no commitment or $479 with a two year contract. We also carry the 16 GB 3G+WiFi iPad 2 for $629. We are able (with manager approval) to lower the price on the Galaxy Tab. Apple, however, has locked the price of all of their products. Even if your employer has an agreement with us to offer a discount on phones and tablets, Apple products are always excluded from that agreement. If anything, that should make Android tablets a bit more attractive to employers. The problem there lies in the fact that Android is not the most secure platform out there (far from it, actually). Nor is it the easiest to manage within a larger corporate environment.

virtorio said,

And by overpriced you mean, around the same price as a decent comparable Android tablet?

I meant iPads...They surely are "hip" but I found them pretty useles in our office securised network environement.

I don't mind this happening but only if Windows Phone gets these products first, if Windows Phone needs them. Windows Phone should be the primary platform for these products.

Take the Skydrive client which was released on iOS first then on Windows Phone, wtf!!!

neo158 said,
I don't mind this happening but only if Windows Phone gets these products first, if Windows Phone needs them. Windows Phone should be the primary platform for these products.

Take the Skydrive client which was released on iOS first then on Windows Phone, wtf!!!

It was only first on iOS for like, a day or so, that's not so bad. Besides most of the skydrive features are built into the OS so it's ok.

neo158 said,
I don't mind this happening but only if Windows Phone gets these products first, if Windows Phone needs them. Windows Phone should be the primary platform for these products.

Take the Skydrive client which was released on iOS first then on Windows Phone, wtf!!!


The SkyDrive app was 1 day after iOS. The SkyDrive features were 1 year before iOS (built into office).