View Poll Results: Do you like how Microsoft released Office for iPad?

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  • Yes! It will bring more users to Office, and helps Microsoft as a whole.

    40 61.54%
  • Not really a big deal, wouldn't matter if they released it or not.

    11 16.92%
  • No! I hate this! Why is Microsoft nicer to others??

    14 21.54%
03-29-2014 12:57 PM
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  1. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Some of you guys feel Microsoft is supporting others better, because they released Office for iPad before a touch friendly version for Windows 8. In my opinion, I think this was a good move by Microsoft, as they'll get more users. Anyways, they technically don't get it for free, unlike Windows RT users.

    So in the end, do you like it or not? Post a reply and take the poll, and let us know!
    snowmutt likes this.
    03-27-2014 01:48 PM
  2. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    I love how they offered Office for iPad, but made it worse than the W8.1 version :-) not that the windows version is bad, just that I like that the iPad version is super limited, yet still offers what most people expect.
    03-27-2014 01:50 PM
  3. jmshub's Avatar
    I think this is very important for Microsoft. Lets not forget that Office makes more money than WINDOWS, let alone Windows Phone. Not making a genuine version of Office for iOS will only incentivize users to use Google Docs, or Apple's knockoff Office suite.
    03-27-2014 01:53 PM
  4. psychotron's Avatar
    I think this is very important for Microsoft. Lets not forget that Office makes more money than WINDOWS, let alone Windows Phone. Not making a genuine version of Office for iOS will only incentivize users to use Google Docs, or Apple's knockoff Office suite.
    Took the words right out of my mouth. They're going where the money is, and that's in the hands of the people holding iPads. Like it or not, their platform is far more ubiquitous than WP or RT right now and at the end of the day loyalty only get's you so far. It's all about the dollars and cents and keeping the stockholders happy.
    unstoppablekem and jmshub like this.
    03-27-2014 01:57 PM
  5. aitt's Avatar
    03-27-2014 01:57 PM
  6. psychotron's Avatar
    I love how they offered Office for iPad, but made it worse than the W8.1 version :-) not that the windows version is bad, just that I like that the iPad version is super limited, yet still offers what most people expect.
    You know, people keep saying how limited it's supposed to be, but Paul Thurrott's review doesn't make it sound like it's really that gimped at all.
    unstoppablekem and wapoz like this.
    03-27-2014 01:58 PM
  7. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    And iPhones too.

    They make it free for the phones, as not many do that stuff on a phone...


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    03-27-2014 01:59 PM
  8. aitt's Avatar
    And iPhones too.

    They make it free for the phones, as not many do that stuff on a phone...


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    For now. But how long will it last before this move transitions over to tablets.
    03-27-2014 02:01 PM
  9. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    For now. But how long will it last before this move transitions over to tablets.
    Doubt it. That would be a dumb move, as people use tablets like laptops now adays.


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    03-27-2014 02:03 PM
  10. psychotron's Avatar
    For now. But how long will it last before this move transitions over to tablets.
    What I think people are missing with this news is that you still need to either subscribe to 365 or own a copy of Office to create docs in the first place. There's the rub. As long as you can create documents on the tablet version I don't think you'll every see it go free.
    03-27-2014 02:03 PM
  11. aitt's Avatar
    Doubt it. That would be a dumb move, as people use tablets like laptops now adays.


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    Lets hope so. Cause as long as Google Docs stay free that can potentially chomp into Office.

    And let's be honest MS hasn't always made the best of decisions.
    03-27-2014 02:06 PM
  12. psychotron's Avatar
    Lets hope so. Cause as long as Google Docs stay free that can potentially chomp into Office.

    And let's be honest MS hasn't always made the best of decisions.
    I doubt it. Google Docs is only free for individual use. They charge companies with a certain number of users on Google Docs.

    Edit: It's actually $5/user/month, or $50/user/year
    aitt likes this.
    03-27-2014 02:08 PM
  13. aitt's Avatar
    What I think people are missing with this news is that you still need to either subscribe to 365 or own a copy of Office to create docs in the first place. There's the rub. As long as you can create documents on the tablet version I don't think you'll every see it go free.
    Only you no longer need 365 for Android Phones or iPhone. That alone can take a hit in WP since now there's a level playing field.
    03-27-2014 02:08 PM
  14. aitt's Avatar
    I doubt it. Google Docs is only free for individual use. They charge companies with a certain number of users on Google Docs.
    Keyword. Companies.
    03-27-2014 02:09 PM
  15. psychotron's Avatar
    Only you no longer need 365 for Android Phones or iPhone. That alone can take a hit in WP since now there's a level playing field.
    That's just for editing documents, you still have to pay to create them.
    03-27-2014 02:12 PM
  16. psychotron's Avatar
    Keyword. Companies.
    Yep. And how many of those do you think are exclusively on Google Docs? Not many. And that's where MS dominates and makes their green.
    jmshub likes this.
    03-27-2014 02:13 PM
  17. aitt's Avatar
    That's just for editing documents, you still have to pay to create them.
    "I just installed it and I do not have a 365 subscription. I put in my email address and password and am off to the races. I checked out a few things and all seems in order; opening, editing, creating a document from scratch."

    "I installed and told me I had no Office 365 active account, then the Play Store told me it had an update, after updating, I was able to sign it. I saw all my onedrive documents and I can confirm you can make Excel and Word documents (not Powerpoint)"
    03-27-2014 02:15 PM
  18. aitt's Avatar
    Yep. And how many of those do you think are exclusively on Google Docs? Not many. And that's where MS dominates and makes their green.
    That's fine. MS should prevail in the corporate world. Problem is there are millions of potential individuals. We saw how far Blackberry got relying on business. Of course MS is and always has been about software. But how much room is being left making people want to move over to their devices?
    03-27-2014 02:18 PM
  19. jmshub's Avatar
    Only you no longer need 365 for Android Phones or iPhone. That alone can take a hit in WP since now there's a level playing field.

    I think there was an incredibly low number of users who purchased a Windows Phone for Office support alone.
    03-27-2014 02:23 PM
  20. psychotron's Avatar
    That's fine. MS should prevail in the corporate world. Problem is there are millions of potential individuals. We saw how far Blackberry got relying on business. Of course MS is and always has been about software. But how much room is being left making people want to move over to their devices?
    I hate to say it, but as much as I love WP it's most likely going to always be a distant third in this market. Even Ballmer admitted that Microsoft waited too long and they've lost the mobile game already and need to focus on what's coming next. All you folks who are waiting for some triumphant surge are probably going to be disappointed. WP may pick up a respectable percentage over the next several years but I don't believe you'll ever see it dominate. You simply can't own every single market you compete in. Try to spin too many plates at once and one of them is bound to fall. Microsoft has to do what's best for Microsoft and right now that's getting as many as people as they can on board with their software and services regardless of platform.
    aitt likes this.
    03-27-2014 02:24 PM
  21. aitt's Avatar
    I think there was an incredibly low number of users who purchased a Windows Phone for Office support alone.
    And this will not help matters pushing forward. I like WP. I choose it over anything. I'm hoping 8.1 really brings it more in the forefront.
    03-27-2014 02:27 PM
  22. psychotron's Avatar
    "I just installed it and I do not have a 365 subscription. I put in my email address and password and am off to the races. I checked out a few things and all seems in order; opening, editing, creating a document from scratch."

    "I installed and told me I had no Office 365 active account, then the Play Store told me it had an update, after updating, I was able to sign it. I saw all my onedrive documents and I can confirm you can make Excel and Word documents (not Powerpoint)"
    Hm. I'll have to jump on my Galaxy Mega and check that out, but from the product description it read like you could only edit documents.

    Edit: Huh, well looks like I can't. Play Store says "Your device is not compatible with this version". Wonder how many other Android phones are in that boat??
    03-27-2014 02:28 PM
  23. psychotron's Avatar
    Well, I stand corrected. There it is, right at the end of the product description:

    "Sign in with a free Microsoft account to create, edit and save documents for home use. A qualifying Office 365 subscription is required to create, edit and save documents for business use. Qualifying plans include: Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, and Office 365 ProPlus."
    03-27-2014 02:34 PM
  24. jmshub's Avatar
    And this will not help matters pushing forward. I like WP. I choose it over anything. I'm hoping 8.1 really brings it more in the forefront.
    I agree with you there. WP is my preference as well. Unless something radical would happen, my next phone will be a Windows Phone without question. But, especially with the decidedly mediocre experience of Office on the phone, I don't think Office support can be the single feature that would make someone choose a WP device over Android or iphone.
    03-27-2014 02:37 PM
  25. aitt's Avatar
    Edit: Huh, well looks like I can't. Play Store says "Your device is not compatible with this version". Wonder how many other Android phones are in that boat??
    That's Android for ya. Used to hate going through this with them.
    03-27-2014 02:56 PM
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