Microsoft has gone from being a software firm, to a devices and services company, to one that's now focused on 'mobile first, cloud first'. From developing almost exclusively for Windows back in the day, the company is now fully embracing a cross-platform future, making more of its products as widely available as possible.
Office is among the many products that Microsoft has brought to rival platforms over the last couple of years. Yesterday, after the company published its latest quarterly financial report, its CEO Satya Nadella revealed that Office has been pretty successful so far on iOS and Android, as Mobile World Live reports.
"We are clearly taking Office everywhere," he said. "Core to our mobile first strategy is to ensure that our service end points are on every mobile device, and to that end, we have seen continued momentum with more than 100 million downloads of Office on iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets."
Microsoft hasn't given up on its own platforms and devices though. Nadella said that the launch of Windows 10 this summer "will usher in a new era of more personal computing." But he also added that it will be "an era where the mobility of the experience, not the device, is paramount."
While Microsoft is certainly betting big on Windows 10, and investing in more of its own devices like the recently-announced Surface 3 tablet and a new generation of Lumia flagship phones, it seems clear that the company sees its cross-platform strategy as the surest path to long-term success.
Source: Mobile World Live