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Ballmer's exit revives demands for Office on iPad, Android tablets

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 28, 2013
'One of those classic moments' when Microsoft must decide what's more important: Office revenue or supporting a sagging Windows ecosystem, says Forrester analyst

Microsoft has shipped Office for Apple's iPhone and Android smartphones, tying both apps to Office 365, the company's "rent-not-buy" software subscription model. But as experts have pointed out, there's a big difference between availability on a smartphone, where document editing is nigh impossible, and on tablets, which are much more conducive to content creation.

Gownder has estimated that Microsoft could generate $1.4 billion annually from Office on the iPad, assuming just 10% of the 140 million iPad owners ponied up $100 a year for Office 365.


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