HopTo clearly knows that the axe is falling, but Eilam sees a way to dodge the blow. If Microsoft continues to require customers to subscribe to Office 365, then any version of Office for the iPad won't really be free. And Microsoft will probably make the same choice that Apple has made with iWork: restrict its files to its own cloud service—in this case, SkyDrive.
Providing that flexibility among competing cloud services is what Eilam's counting on to allow HopTo to survive. "Connectivity is what makes this compelling," he says. "Not Office."
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