Steve Ballmer Hints at iOS and Android Ports of Office

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Ghost XFX

Microsoft needs a "Come to Jesus" moment in their break room...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Personally, I'd like to go a week without seeing any faux news from or about Microsoft, unless it's to say they'll stop fucking business and desktop owners over with their phone UI.

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legionera

What brand of pc are you a slave of?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Since you've lost your bridge, just crawl back under Steve's desk.

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legionera

Oh, come on! Don't be shy! We won't laugh at you much, I promise.

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winmaster

Um, how is this going to be different than the currently released versions of Office for iOS and Android?

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Renegade Knight

I would imagine full powered ports. I don't know what exists now but I'd imagine only Windows and OS X have "full powered" versions.

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Mikey109105

I was thinking the same thing. They're telling us about a port that's not out of the realm of possibility. They forgot to mention the ports that ALREADY EXIST!

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legionera

I guess you will find out. =D

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Joji

I'm pretty satisfied with Kingsoft's Office Suite for Android. It's clean, easy to use, and 100% free! Oh, and it's adfree. :3

In the end, I find it pointless to release an Office Suite by M$ which will probably cost $50 to use. :/

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davelray

The point would be to make money. Microsoft is a business after all. They aren't in business for the sunshine and rainbows and unicorns. And if there's a market for an Office port on non Microsoft platforms, they will probably go for it.

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Heathen

Google is an example company, screw Microsoft for these accusations.

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legionera

Well, Google is basically taking all the money from all ads without giving you a cent, or gives them to YouTube wrecks. In return for all that you get all your data searched on regular basis (gmail; your android phone; your bank account...) so they could show you more ads. They even bribed AdBlockPlus so they could show you more ads. And, uhm yeah, those are facts they admit, not something I made up.

Google is basically raping you for free.

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Neufeldt2002

Better than MS and Apple forcing you to pay to be raped.

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davelray

Neither are forcing anyone to do anything.....

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Eoraptor

Google is a choice. They own 80-odd percent of the search market because they do it better than anyone else, and they don't begin to compare to the mountains of data facebook has on people, including those who don't even use its service, but click onto a web site that has a facebook bug on it. Google isn't great, but it's a shining citizen compared to others.

Microsoft, on the other hand, has made no bones whatsoever about directly stealing from both competitors and partners on every front, (remember bing re-parsing google and yahoo results?) aggressively buying or crushing its competition with extreme prejudice, lying about its open source efforts and cooperation (linux, GNU, doc format), and basically being one of the world's most toxic companies for the past thirty years.

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Kuthumii

Facebook has mountains more data than Google? You do know that Google has been around and data mining its users for longer than Facebook, right? Google a shining citizen compared to others? Do I need to point out that Google had their hand caught hacking the iPhone's web brower to collect data from it? Google is far from a shining citizen.

You're right, Microsoft hasn't tried to hide many of their business practices. Neither has Google, yet you are either ignorant of them or you purposefully ignore them. Google has been a toxic company for years now - they've wandered very, very far from the whole 'Do no evil' crap.

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legionera

That's right man! Show 'em!

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Engelsstaub

YEAH! GO TEAM GO!!

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PhaQue

If you have to say, "we don't have our heads in the sand (up our butts)..." You have your heads in the sand (up your butts).

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bjoswald

Although I'll likely get railed for this here, I must confess that I think Microsoft's dominance is over. I'm not saying they'll dissolve or become completely irrelevant, but I do think their monopoly is coming to an end and someone else will takeover the reigns.

We're entering the next stage of IT, and that is mobile. It's a well-known fact (even to MS themselves) that Microsoft's weakest sector of business is mobile, and there's no chance of taking down Google now. Not even Apple (who pioneered the cell-phone revolution) could take down Android. However, anything is possible in this cut-throat industry.

Exciting times, ladies and gentlemen.

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Renegade Knight

I agree.

Microsoft has 80% (down from 90%) if a Shrinking market and virtually no part of the new Mobile OS market.

Apple went from having 10% of the Desktop market to 90% of the mobile market in a short time.

Android carved out 50% (or so) of the mobile market from nothing and has been seeing some success in the desktop market as Android and Chrome have been taking market on the low end.

The last time there was this much competition in the computing world it was just getting off the ground.

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legionera

MS holds 80-90% of the PC market. Microsoft is a software company, not hardware company. Microsoft Office is a software well established requirement everywhere in the world. Unlike Google and Apple, Microsoft does not restrict, it liberates the consumer by providing multiplatform software.

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Engelsstaub

You've got to be the biggest Microsoft apologist this site's comment-section has ever seen. Every freaking comment is just cheerleading for MS like they're your football team.

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legionera

@ Engelsstaub

Do you have any personal problem with that, boy?

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Engelsstaub

Just pointing out that you're unproductive and not at all objective when your last ninety comments on this website have been reactionary semi-relevant ("Google does this and Apple does that!") apologetics (others might call it fanboyism) to every comment you see criticizing your favorite corporation.

Do you have anything else to contribute besides reactionary cheerleading for Microsoft? I'm pretty neutral but most people seem pretty sick of MS's shit lately. Who cares? If you don't agree you don't have to set about righting every wrong opinion you see on the internet. You're not changing anyone's mind or winning over new loyalists to your important cause.

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legionera

@ Engelsstaub

"Just pointing out that you're unproductive and not at all objective when your last ninety comments on this website have been reactionary semi-relevant ("Google does this and Apple does that!") apologetics (others might call it fanboyism) to every comment you see criticizing your favorite corporation."

Lol! The primary function of the comment section of this website isn't tech support.

"If you don't agree you don't have to set about righting every wrong opinion you see on the internet. "

That's not my opinion, those are the facts.

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Engelsstaub

Nobody said a thing about tech-support. The point is you haven't said one thing on this site that isn't just a comment on another's comment cheerleading for Microsoft.

Don't expect anyone to take you very seriously when the only comments you provide are "pro-MS/anti-Apple. Google, whoever." You just look like a trolling-ass fanboy regardless of facts and opinions. Every comment you leave is of the exact same substance: reactionary apologetics for Microsoft like they know and care about you personally. Almost everyone on this site uses Windows products. They may have some negative views but few are "anti-Microsoft" like it's an ideology or something.

Every. Single. Comment. ...instead of getting mad just think about it for a second. Constructive criticism.

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legionera

@ Engelsstaub

Thank you... for the time you spent typing all that! I will try to take your opinion in consideration.

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legionera

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maxeeemum

@Engelsstaub

+1

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

He actually gets paid to do it. Sad.

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davelray

Same tired rhetoric and hardly makes your opinion valid. Lately anytime someone posts something in favor of Microsoft, people like you jump all over them calling them apologists or saying they get paid. It's all so hip to be anti-MS nowadays. How does it feel to be "cool" in your sad little world?

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Engelsstaub

Literally everything legionera posts here is "something in favor of Microsoft" in reaction to others' opinions. Hence an "apologist."

You OTOH may have similar opinions (to legionaera) but you also have other things to comment about. The difference is you don't seem to have some single-minded agenda.

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legionera

@ Engelsstaub

Somewhere above you were talking about productivity, reactionary semi-relevant comments, and "apologetics". Look at your comment! Fits ideally into your complain.

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Engelsstaub

Might want to familiarize yourself with the definition of apologetics. Add a word to your vocabulary and stuff...

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legionera

@ Engelsstaub

I am sorry i was speeding, MAXPC censorship police officer.

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Neufeldt2002

"Unlike Google and Apple, Microsoft does not restrict, it liberates the consumer by providing multiplatform software."

Holy Crap. Obviously you never heard of how MS PURPOSELY stopped Word Perfect, the leading office software of the time, from working on Windows and never released a version compatible until MS Office was dominant.

You are either a MS Fanboi, or highly naive, or both.

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legionera

@ Neufeldt2002

Do you have MS Office on your computer sir?

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WarpathPS

I use Libre Office so I can send idiots like yourself .docx documents due to your utter lack of knowledge of hardware and OS's. I can run Ubuntu on a USB stick if I want to, use almost all software for free with no virus's, spam, and I can use it on older computers if I want, I have no driver issues, and I can update my OS for years without some massive overhaul where Microsoft tries and fails to reinvent the wheel. Oh yeah, I pay zero dollars for all of this goodness.

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legionera

@ WarpathPS

I am happy about that you found an OS that fits your needs and you don't face any problems with it!

What I don't like is that you offended me to make your opinion look better.

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Neufeldt2002

No

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legionera

@ Neufeldt2002

Then you don't have experience with the product.

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Neufeldt2002

Just because I don't have MS Office installed on my computer does not mean I don't have experience with it. I have used Office for many years, I just don't see a point in using it anymore as more viable alternatives are now on the market that don't lock you in to proprietary formats, or subscription fees.

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maxeeemum

@Neufeldt2002

+1

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legionera

@Neufeldt2002

But... MS office can save and open ODT. What kind of proprietary formats and viability are you referring to? Please give examples.

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Neufeldt2002

How about OOXML. While many other Office software can read and write to it, MS only released and pushed it through ISO to avoid an Anti-trust lawsuit. Before this MS actively would not release complete information so competing Office software stacks would not work properly. As for viability, I would use Libre OFfice, or Open Office before MS Office, both are compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, MS Office is not compatible with Linux. Libre Office is working on porting to both iOS and Android as well.

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legionera

@ Neufeldt2002

I apologize, I have never heard of OOXML before. What is it for and what are you using it for?

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Neufeldt2002

OOXML is the format used by MS Office now, all documents created save in an OOXML format. I don't use it as there are formatting issues when I use it, when I do have to save something for others to use I use open formats that are cross-platform compatible.

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davelray

Where have you been? Novell lost that case because they couldn't prove anything. And that was over a year ago. So unless you can do a better job of proving that than Novell's lawyers, I think you are just talking out your arse as usual.