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Microsoft's big test: Deciding what stays, what goes in touch-based Office

Gregg Keizer | Nov. 6, 2013
How Redmond shrinks Office to fit tablets and touch will determine how it competes with rivals, how it rakes in future revenue, say analysts

"[Google's latest move with Quickoffice] is an example of the price Microsoft has paid by not having a touch-based Office," said Rubin, referring to Google's move last week to include Quickoffice with "KitKat," aka Android 4.4. "Not having a touch-optimized Office detracts from the experience [of Windows on tablets].

"But there's great potential upside for Microsoft as well," Rubin continued. "If they can turn Office with touch on Windows into a powerful productivity suite, then having [that] could be a huge advantage. It all depends on how Microsoft executes."


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