Originally Posted by emacs72
Microsoft has released software on Apple products for decades; no surprise here and it's business as usual.
This is different. Can MS get the pricing they would want? It's not thought so. If they have to sell the components to compete with Apple's pricing on their iWork components. Even if they could charge more, the question is how much more? What if people decided to buy this instead of a more expensive version? What if they bought this instead of their own mobile version for their Metro ARM tablet? And could they then charge more for the Metro version?
It's a big question. In addition, they would give legitimacy to the iPad at the expense of trying to sell their own OS. Considering that corporations are already buying iPads by the thousands in a large number of cases already, this would only give them a better excuse to keep doing so after Win 8 tablets arrive later next year.
This is a dance that MS will have a difficult time winning. With The Mac, they had little choice, as the Feds might have come down on them for monopoly practices resulting in damage to a competitor. But that can't be said about a real mobile version, as Apple has too much of the market, and Ms has essentially none right now.