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Microsoft under rising pressure to release Office for iPad, Android
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Microsoft under rising pressure to release Office for iPad, Android

officeCan Microsoft actually afford to wait to release its flagship productiveness suite for Apple and Android gadgets? That’s the query more and more being requested by analysts and buyers as Microsoft’s Home windows 8 struggles to acquire traction within the pill market, and the iPad continues to develop.

The newest to be part of the refrain is ValueAct CEO Jeffrey Ubben, the investor who revealed yesterday that he has amassed a stake in Microsoft price almost $2 billion. Though Ubben mentioned he wouldn’t publicly marketing campaign for modifications in Microsoft’s technique, Reuters reports that he advised a convention yesterday that Microsoft “ought to make Office, its most worthwhile product, extra extensively accessible outdoors of Home windows.”

In a observe to shoppers after Microsoft’s earnings report last week, longtime Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund of Nomura Analysis had this to say …

Android based mostly notebooks (Chromebooks) and iOS and Android tablets proceed to encroach and supply options to Office, so it’s awkward to watch Microsoft wait to launch Office for these gadgets and presumably attempt to defend its Home windows franchise whereas options to Office are gaining growing traction out there by a more recent era of customers and people of us that straddle the PC and pill camps. …

We advocate for Microsoft to let Home windows stand by itself and pursue the Office alternative cross platform, however we don’t anticipate this can occur this 12 months and we see a waning alternative the longer Microsoft delays.

Microsoft has lengthy been rumored to be engaged on a local model of the Office suite for iPad, however the firm has by no means publicly acknowledged any plans, other than one-off apps such as OneNote for iOS. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reported two weeks ago that assist for Office on iOS and Android is slated for the autumn of 2014.

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