Originally Posted by emerica
Apple is now the king of hardware AND OS' evidently shown in this article. Apple scraping away 30% for in app purchasing for office is kind of a sweet revenge whether intended or not. If you zoom out of the big picture Microsoft is now scrounging at the feet of Apple to just stay relevant nowadays.
Apple is the king of hardware and OS? How do you figure that? As I have stated many a time, whether Microsoft buys the dust or not (and they won't because of their prowess in the enterprise space and growing strength in the cloud space) most people still will not be able to afford Apple products, and many who can afford Apple products will not need to pay the premium for having "the best" hardware/software, but for what they are doing, regular hardware/software will do. The day is not going to come where if you can't afford or don't want to spend $1000+ for a laptop then hey it stinks to be you.
And by the way, Microsoft is going to come out with Office for Android also:
So basically, all Microsoft did was add an additional platform to sell their software. Should have done it years ago but oh well. And Microsoft's new enterprise software is being retooled to better interact with Apple products as we speak, meaning that folks who use MacBooks and I-Pads at work will be able to integrate into Active Directory and similar almost as well and easily as people who use Windows products. And yes, they are going to do the same for Android products. It really is little different to the accommodations that their enterprise software made for Linux servers years ago.
Microsoft raising the white flag in their war against Apple only means that Microsoft will start making money off Apple just like they do every other major hardware manufacturer. It does not change the core dynamic, which is that consumers - and companies - are not going to abandon buying Windows machines when Apple machines cost 3 times as much.
Yes, Surface is a failure, but largely because Microsoft was ridiculous enough to make it cost MORE than an I-Pad. Folks will pay less for an inferior device - as the success of Android tablets show - but they are not going to pay the same or more for a lesser device. Had Microsoft come up with a device that was $100 less than the I-Pad, at the very least it would have better competed with Android tablets.