A number of reports have said that Microsoft will hold off releasing a version of Office for iOS and Android until 2014. The reason is simple: The company wants to use Office as a way to get people to buy Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. Gates saying that Office is a way for Microsoft to gain a competitive edge with its tablets is clearly in tune with that. So don't be surprised if there's no version of Office for iOS and Android released until next year or beyond.
I think that's a mistake. It's one more example of Microsoft hurting itself by hamstringing its divisions by forcing them to help Windows rather than compete openly. Window's isn't Microsoft's biggest money maker any more. The Office division outperforms it financially. Microsoft would be better served by turning its divisions loose instead of having them be hamstrung by Windows.
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