Originally Posted by digitalclips
That was my first thought, acquiescence. Not holding back their crown jewels for their own tablet is either that or amazing faith in what hardware they have coming one day.
They may be letting Apple have 1st place, but by not releasing an Android version I suspect they are at least trying to preserve themselves 2nd place once a Windows tablet is released and has to start battling against Google/Android.
Originally Posted by rob53
I understand some of the comments were written with a bit of sarcasm but why do people feel we have to go back to business as usual by getting any software from Microsoft? What part of "Think Different" don't people get? Apple put out a good computer in a tablet form factor, why does that mean you have to immediately put all your old garbage on it? Isn't it time to look for something better or are we so entrenched in an archaic word processing program that we can't let loose of our comfortable "pencil?"
On an individual level, that's easy to say. But if you are a business where 100s, 1000s, or even 10s of 1000s of employees, some who are still not all that computer savy, need to be able to exhange files in a drop-dead simple, 100% file compatibility way, then Office is really the only alternative. For better or worse, Office products are so entrenched in a buinsesses process and technology that you can't just swap it out for something else.
Originally Posted by Cyberzombie
Another means of wresting some data from the iCloud into their own? Given the size of MSO documents and synchronization with other non-iPad business users, they could make up more than enough revenue via extra SkyDrive space.
In additiona to SkyDrive, I wouldn't be surprised to see a strong tie into a MS server product. Business would be very reluctant to have their information in the cloud. So either a standalone server product, intergration with Exchange, or strong ties to Sharepoint, to allow business to maintain control of their data. This is something that Apple has no interest it which will give MS a leg up in business.