snova wrote: »
...but, but, but all the white-box Android tablets. :???:
lilsmirk wrote: »
And this is relevant because...?
It seem like Microsoft will eventually delivery deadly blows to many competitors. Office for iPad and free Windows will have a huge impact in the tech industry. Microsoft already provides great customer service where anybody can chat to a tech rep. http://po.st/jgBqK4
It seem like Microsoft will eventually delivery deadly blows to many competitors. Office for iPad and free Windows will have a huge impact in the tech industry. Microsoft already provides great customer service where anybody can chat to a tech rep.
This is exactly what is going on. The apps are free, but to do anything useful, you need to pay for the Office365 subscription. That is the definition of freemium.
I'd say this is the software equivalent to "devices shipped" versus "devices sold".
quadra 610 wrote: »
... thus rendering the Surface even more pointless.
igroucho wrote: »
If Office 2011 is any indication of the quality of the webbversion for iOS it will be a catastrophy. Office 2011 so chockfull of bugs and after all these updates still no relief in sight. It's still beta...
macky the macky wrote: »
I'm an iPad owner and not once have I had an overwhelming urge to spin on a conference table or dance like a nazis school girl. Apparently the Surface has Powers the iPad lacks.
solipsismx wrote: »
I imagine that most are simply testing it but it's a strong start. I just hope this is the start of MS realizing it's a SW company. They started off strong by writing apps for Apple so I like that the past is repeating itself.
"All this has happened before, and all this will happen again."
Presumably time will tell.
Why? So you can say you did cuz, you know, the man and stuff.....?
Funny how here and all the tech sites there are people looking for any reason to try and spin this as a negative. There is no downside here - it's a big win for MS and Apple. And a huge gaping hole for Android, who doesn't have any productivity suite that's even half as good.
I bought Office 365 Home. $100 per year and I get it on 5 PC's. Everyone at home gets the extra 20GB OneDrive storage and you also get 60 minutes of Skype free every month. And on your PC you also get Publisher (so-so for me) and Access (big deal for me). $100 a year is a bargain for how much you actually get.
The fact is it has to be free. Office is primarily and enterprise product and paying for it yearly isn't anything new with 365. Eventually most of the people downloading and using this app won't be buying a personal subscription to 365 through the app. They will be activating the one they have from work.
It's just a weird way of thinking about it. When I think of fermium apps I think of the ones that have swapped an initial price for buying the app to an in app purchase so it can be free in the app store.
In this case what you pay for isn't just an app, your paying for Office on Windows, Web, Mac, iPad plus a few other services. It's like having a magazine subscription to a printed magazine where they've also released an app that you can view the magazine on as well.
The majority of users of these apps also won't be buying a subscription through the iPad or specifically for an iPad. My parents got theirs when they bought an iMac. So to them it's just a free app.
They are giving less money to Apple -- its free. If you already have purchased the subscription model for your PC, or for work as an employee, or as university or college student/faculty/staff that has paid for an enterprise-wide license, then the iPad version will cost you nothing, and Apple will get nothing.