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Microsoft sticks it to the iPad with Windows-first Office strategy

Gregg Keizer | June 17, 2013
And it's 'baloney,' says one analyst, fed up with what he calls 'artificial advantaging' that's not helping Windows on tablets

On Monday, Apple seeded developers with iWork for iCloud, Web-based versions of its Pages, Numbers and Keynote productivity apps that have long been available for OS X and iOS. The trio will launch as a public beta this fall.

Moorhead was the most optimistic of the analysts who dissected today's release. "I think this is a good step," said Moorhead. "I'll give Microsoft credit here."

Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers is available on the U.S. App Store today, and will be rolled out internationally over the next several days, eventually reaching 135 markets, according to Microsoft. As its name implies, customers must have an active Office 365 subscription to use the mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iOS.

 

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