Microsoft Releases Office for iPad!

Apple iPadMicrosoft has released Microsoft Office for iPad. This has a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering” why did Microsoft release their Office product for iPad first? They could’ve released it for Android first. That would make more sense, based on market share. According to a Gartner report worldwide tablet sales for 2013 indicated that Apple’s iPad is down to a mere 36% market share. And, Google’s Android has a 61.9% market share.

So this begs the question, why release the iPad version first? Now, while I agree that the numbers indicate that it would be smarter for Microsoft to release Office for Android devices first, I am also of the opinion that Microsoft is not very smart in the first place! I believe that they are looking at things viscerally and reacting to the fact that the iPad is what most people think of when they think of a tablet computer, it is considered “the standard” among tablets. And, there is something to be said for the press bump that they get by releasing Microsoft Office for iPad!

After all, here we are talking about it! So in that sense, perhaps it was a good move on their part, at least from a “getting the market’s attention” point of view.

The real question now becomes, will Microsoft follow up by releasing a Microsoft Office for Google Android? If they don’t do that, to try to appeal to a market that is twice the size of the Apple iPad market, then I will go back to my assumption that Microsoft is just plain stupid.

And, by the way, all of my tablets are Google Android-based, even though I now use a MacBook Pro as my personal laptop, and I love it! But for tablets, I’m sticking with Google Android! Go with what you know!

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