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Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise

Tom Kaneshige | April 16, 2014
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.

But does it really matter?

Microsoft's suite strategy covering cloud storage and cross-platform management for both mobile devices and PCs, now driven by prolific Office productivity tools on the wildly popular iPad tablet, makes Microsoft the MDM provider of choice.

"MDM providers cannot today provide a secure solution for on-premises documents when accessed via the new Office apps, and in the cloud, the third-party MDM products are superfluous," says David Lavenda, vice president of strategy at "Seeing that the MDM players have tried to differentiate themselves by offering office apps and a large third-party ecosystem, Lavenda says the new Microsoft announcements may affect them drastically in the near future."

Tom Kaneshige covers Apple, BYOD and Consumerization of IT for Follow Tom on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from on Twitter @CIOonline, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn. Email Tom at

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