Originally Posted by Jacksons
So lemme see...
It is OK for Apple to keep everything a secret until they release new features. But Microsoft is required to spell everything out to DED a year in advance?
Dude, grab some popcorn, don't get wrapped up around the axel... and watch the show.
Uh, no, it's quite simply that MS equivocates all the time, may introduce something to be released a year later, but end up dropping it.
There's a big difference between Jobs or Cook saying, "We're not going to talk about that", and an MS Exec saying "I'm not sure..." (which is what they seem to be quoted as saying in related articles about their plans for Metro and Office).
Additionally, MS is in the position of needing its enterprise clients. Apparently large Enterprise purchases take planning and time to roll out and budgeting. Hey, MS makes their bed, they have to lie in it. It's not this writer who is saying MS has to spell out their plans when they hint at this or that -- it's MS' clients. Enterprise clients don't want to be surprised by another Vista fiasco. Evenso, these clients don't seem that wowed by Metro. But apparently businesses only upgrade every other major release: they skipped Vista, and are just now starting to migrate from XP to 7. So, MS has three years to get it's act together and figure out which way the wind is blowing today, lol.
Apple doesn't especially go after big business clients; but what do you know, businesses are lapping up the iPad (which connects to MS Exchange, and databases and backend services better than MS products), and they are finding new uses for it in a corporate setting.
Quite rightly, DED is pointing out the gap that MS is leaving open by not having some simplified versions of Office available for different platforms -- all the while Metro may or may not come about as envisioned in a year's time, and may or may not ship with useful business apps, and MS may or may not think about making Metro versions of Office. Who knows? ...who cares?
Yes, Apple is very secretive and says very little -- but by golly they sure seem more predictable and reliable than MS: Apple make regular OS and iOS updates, they make keynote addresses in which they reveal some of their future plans, and if they say they are working to get documents seamlessly sync'ed across all your devices, then they are and it is going to happen.