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Subject: Re: So Far Microsoft Surface Sales Are... Date: 11/13/2012 6:56 PM
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Which begs the question of whether Microsoft should have been split up many years ago into smaller and more nimble operating units. A stand-alone business division, for example, would have long ago developed Word and Excel apps for iOS and Android but Microsoft wants to keep those differentiators as an incentive for consumers to choose Surface (and thereby protect Windows). In the process of trying to protect Windows, Microsoft may effectively be providing competitors facing the Office "moat" with a convenient draw bridge. Just a thought.

And a damn good thought. The number one selling OSX third-party software is...Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Office Onenote for iOS is pure awesomeness.

I will play Devil's Advocate for a moment - how do you think Apple would feel about an iOS version of MS Outlook. I think Apple would position it as somewhere between over our dead bodies, and how dare you not use our provided interface.

Excel and PowerPoint would have to be reduced versions, not all the functionality is going to be elegant in a touch screen. I think Word could be darn powerful. The above mentioned OneNote already exists. Lync also seems like it would be a no-brainer. Microsoft announced they are shooting Messenger in the head and replacing it with Skype.

But I have to agree - a stand alone company making Office would have long ago supported Android in at least some flavors, iOS and probably Linux by now.
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