Originally posted by va1entino
AppleOffice/iOffice/iWorks/whatever, won't see the light of day in my opinion. At least not for a while. Millions of people rely on Microsoft Office, and everyone uses the format.
Which is why the Apple office suite will use MS's formats, just as Keynote does.
If Apple were to introduce their own Office suite tomorrow, MS would leave the Mac platform permanently, making the Mac a dinosaur once again.
Hmm, well maybe, but maybe not. Microsoft hasn't abandoned Powerpoint v.X now, has it?
The politics of the situation are complicated. I think Apple has a few cards in their hand to persuade MS to stay in the Mac platform.
I agree that I'm not sure whether Apple will compete head-to-head with MS Office with their suite -- at least right away. But they'll definitely
release a consumer/education-friendly iWorks suite within the next year. This is not a market segment that's threatening to MS, and it's very important to Apple, for at least three reasons:
- For the consumer market, Apple's steady sweetheart.
- An iWorks suite, built in Cocoa, can be readily expanded into a full professional suite, if Office v.X is threatened or begins to pale in feature-parity to the Windows version.
- Software is pure profit for Apple; they love to do it, and it's an increasing percentage of their revenue.