According to a new report by Reuters, Microsoft’s Office for iPhone and iPad is ready for release, but due to internal politics in the company it might take a while to arrive.
Microsoft’s Office suite is the most used productivity tool for business and other purposes. Reuters reports that Office for iOS is ready for release, but they’re waiting on their newly appointed CEO to give the green signal. Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella wants to commit better to the Apple platform, providing a similar experience as Windows for iOS and Mac users.
Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud. Microsoft already has a full iPhone and iPad version of Office ready for release, the sources said. The only question is when Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took over in February, will pull the trigger.
The full suite of Microsoft Office not being available on iOS devices is a bad thing for Microsoft and they’re loosing out on both customers and profits. Apparently, they’ve lost around $2.5 billion in revenue for every year they did not release Office for iOS. Of course, Microsoft has been working really hard on making Office for iOS and has some pretty exciting plans. John Case, the top Office marketing executive stated;
“We have some pretty exciting plans. Certainly, interest in Office on the iPad is extreme. When they (customers) want to do real work, they are going to want to use Office.”
iPad users like to edit their documents while they’re on the move, so the lack of a full Microsoft Office suite hinders their work. They end up using other products from competition such as Google Drive, Evernote etc. They have to really step up their game if they want iOS users to commit to their Office suite. Some analysts believe that it’s too late for the company to have any major effect on iOS users.
Do you think it’s too late for Microsoft? Or are you waiting on a full Office suite to run on your iPhone or iPad. Let us know in the comments.