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Cloud-centric office offerings from Apple and Box don’t aimMicrosoft Office

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Apple recently announced plans to make its iWork office suite free for iOS users, and Box has fielded a preview of its own collaborative note-taking technology. On cue, many tech pundits began sounding the “Microsoft Office is in trouble”, yet again.

Office Web Apps are the free, Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, which Microsoft first introduced with Office 2010. Office Web Apps are usable in a variety of browsers — including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari — on different operating systems and form factors (PCs, tablets, smartphones). Office Web Apps include a subset of the functionality in the full Office versions of each of the apps. Microsoft claims to have 50 million active users accessing these apps every month.

iWork for iCloud is the cross-platform version of iWork that Apple made available in beta form earlier this year. Like Office Web Apps, it works inside a browser — specifically Safari, IE and Chrome.

if Microsoft still plans to go beyond Office Web Apps (and the recently announced Office Mobile for iPhone) and deliver the long-rumored native Office for iPad application that it allegedly has developed. Microsoft first needs to field a preview/test build of its coming Metro-Style/Windows Store Office apps, codenamed “Gemini.” Microsoft execs said earlier this year that the Gemini apps are not expected to be generally available (in post-preview form) until some time in 2014.

Once those apps are out, Microsoft is supposedly on track to deliver the iPad version of its core Office apps. The fall 2014 target for Office for iPad still sounds like it could be right — unless Microsoft decides to go earlier than than originally planned (as it seemingly did with Outlook for Windows RT).

Some of us Microsoft watchers are expecting if and when Office for iPad arrives, there could be an Office 365 subscription requirement, like there is for Office Mobile for iPhone. It’s worth noting that for consumers, there’s no such requirement with Office Web Apps; they are accessible via SkyDrive.com.

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Source: Associated Press

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One comment on “Cloud-centric office offerings from Apple and Box don’t aimMicrosoft Office

  1. StellarPhoenixS
    June 13, 2014

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