Microsoft is believed to be in a position of unleashing its popular productivity suite, the MS Office across iOS platform any day now. Experts predicts it’s no longer a matter of if, but when. Microsoft stands the risk of losing market share of its Office software suite. The scenario in some ways is akin to BlackBerry holding on to making its BBM to rival platforms for fear of denying its own smartphone range one of its biggest attractions.
Microsoft has been resistant to bringing a full version of their seminal Office system to touchscreen systems. The have basically alienated an entire new generation of users that have grown up with iPads and Android tablets. Instead, most users gravitate towards less developed word processors. These are either available free or charge a small amount and are less refined and elegant.
Overall, Microsoft has found itself at the crossroads of an important change in the computing industry that it helped shape years ago. However, its time they reinvent themselves and appeal to a wider demographic. It is only a matter of time before the new Microsoft CEO pulls the trigger and establishes a definitive release date.