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  • Cook States Office for iPad is a "Key Franchise" but Mentions It Could Have Come Sooner


    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said that Microsoft’s Office for iPad is a “key franchise” in enterprise, an area where Apple is pushing for tablet dominance but admitted the software could have come a bit sooner. Although Cook offered a good deal of praise for Office by stating that Microsoft’s productivity suite is a good for the iPad, the Apple chief tempered his enthusiasm by pointing out how long Microsoft took to bring the software over. Cook said the following regarding the matter:

    Office is still a very key franchise in the enterprise, in particular, and I think having it on the iPad is good. If it had been done earlier, it would have been better for Microsoft frankly.
    The long-awaited productivity suite was an instant hit, topping the iOS App Store charts within hours of release and raking in more than 12 million downloads after one week of availability. Microsoft launched Office for iPad a little over one week ago as a standalone extension of its Office 365 program. Users can download the apps, Excel, PowerPoint and Excel, view documents for free, but editing and saving requires a supported Office 365 subscription.

    Source: Apple, iTunes (Excel) (PowerPoint) (Word)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cook States Office for iPad is a "Key Franchise" but Mentions It Could Have Come Sooner started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Mahboi's Avatar
      Mahboi -
      I agree with this, but I'm more irked over the fact that I can't use the programs at all without a subscription to yet another cloud service that I don't need or want to pay for. I'd rather pay an upfront price for the entire suite and not have to worry about any recurring payments, like iWork.
    1. XweAponX's Avatar
      XweAponX -
      This fails to mention that all of those products are some of the lowest rated of all time.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Unfortunately, I feel more major software will start to follow this tactic. Especially when companies like MS cannot compete with the tablet market the way Apple and others have. They have to gain ground where they can I suppose. To Apple, its an option. To some consumers its an answer to their prayers..happy shopping.
    1. njp316's Avatar
      njp316 -
      Subscription based = failure
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
      This fails to mention that all of those products are some of the lowest rated of all time.
      They're rated poorly because people are on there ******** about the subscription requirement, not the apps themselves.
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mahboi View Post
      I agree with this, but I'm more irked over the fact that I can't use the programs at all without a subscription to yet another cloud service that I don't need or want to pay for. I'd rather pay an upfront price for the entire suite and not have to worry about any recurring payments, like iWork.

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