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Office 365, subscription is required and there's no support for tablets

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has been pushing hard to drum up support for its Office 365 suite of cloud-connected productivity products.  The service costs $9.99 USD per month or $99.99 USD per year.  Ultimately that's a pretty good profit opportunity for Microsoft, given that a full-blown Office suite costs around $100-140 USD at its cheapest for basic personal computer editions.  

Microsoft is justifying the relatively high subscription fees with the perk of universal access -- having your data stored on the cloud and accessible anywhere.  While Windows 8.1 is expected to offer identical functionality in the standard Office applications via the ability to save to SkyDrive, the other upside to this location-agnostic access is that it essentially acts like an unlimited floating license for home users (where as standard Office is limited to a small number of PCs, sometimes just one).

Until June, the only people who could access Office on the go were Windows Phone users (Windows Phones come preloaded with free lightweight Office mobile clients).  In June Microsoft added "Office Mobile" to Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) App Store.  

Office Mobile Android Office Mobile Android Office Mobile Android

Available on iPads and iPhones, the app has drawn pretty poor reviews, earning just 2.5/5 stars from the Apple legion.  Criticisms include:
  • Office 365 subscription is required, although app is free
  • The lack of a dedicated tablet (iPad) layout
  • No undo/redo options
  • No ability to edit/insert images into documents (except in One Note)
  • No chart editing/insertion functionality
Now Microsoft has launched another version of the Office Mobile app for Google, Inc.'s (GOOG) Play Store.  The Android version has thus far drawn 3.5/5 stars, a slightly warmer reception than the app for Apple saw.  The criticism for the Android app echoes the Apple one, though:

Reviews of Office Mobile for Android
  • No tablet support
  • Crashes
  • Won't open many DOCX/PPTX/etc. files
  • No support for password-protected files
  • Text formatting options missing from some apps
Some enterprise device buyers have previously cited Office Mobile as a reason to switch to Windows Phone.  Despite the criticism of the product, losing exclusivity is clearly a bit of a blow for Windows Phone.  That said, it does add more value to an Office 365 subscription.  In (calendar) Q2 2013 Microsoft saw $1.5B USD in Office 365 revenue, indicating around 50-60 million users.

Office for Android  iPhone Office Mobile

On Android devices the primary competition is the (free) Google Drive, while on i-devices there's Apple's $9.99 (each) iWork apps (e.g. PagesNumbers, and Keynote).  Other popular mobile documents apps include KingsoftQuickofficeDocuments to Go, and OfficeSuite.  Ironically, these third-party solutions have many of the features that Office Mobile users are griping about the lack of (e.g. the ability to insert charts in a spreadsheet).

Sources: Google Play, Microsoft, Apple iTunes



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RE: Facepalm Microsoft...
By retrospooty on 8/1/2013 8:46:54 AM , Rating: 3
WTF is your problem? I was commenting on what I quoted, the high price justified by the cloud. FFS, you insult before even reading.

You are right, this sight does have some reading comprehension issues... You need to start in the mirror though.


RE: Facepalm Microsoft...
By Fireshade on 8/2/2013 5:36:28 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I was commenting on what I quoted, the high price justified by the cloud.

IMHO that is a bit of an unsubtle misstatement by Jason Mick.
Obviously the price is first and foremost for a floating license access to the whole Office suite including all the updates.
Because of the concept of "working anywhere you want", Skydrive is necessary for synch'ing the data to the device on which you're using Office 365, and as such it works like magic - and it's quite logical that a user would get more cloudspace for it. But it's not a mandatory condition for Office365 to run.

Personally I think $10 a month for such a service is a great price if you have to use the Microsoft Office suite regularly/daily.
For business use the economics are even better (really) compared to volume standalone licenses.
Of course, if all you do is typing a letter once a while, there are much cheaper (=free) options - but that's obviously not the target group for Microsoft.


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