Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Comes to the IPhone?
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After Apple’s success story this year, companies are more and more eager in being a part of that success story more than ever. Recent of such attempts came to light with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Office revealed its launch on to the iPhone, starting today.
The Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) package included Word, Excel and PowerPoint, same as those launched on iPad back in the spring. Certain adjustments were made to make the experience user friendly due to iPhone’s smaller display.
At this point, iPhone does have an Office version, but it’s limited and works only if the user has Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Office 365 subscription. The latest version will eventually replace the old one and everyone will have free access to it. This is a big move on Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s end.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) also has plans to launch on android tablets but at this stage it plans to only offer the beta version that require users to sign up to it. Since android tablets have a large variety, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) wants the users to use their products in multiple gadgets to see how well they work. And depending on that they will set their course forward.
Up till now Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) only allowed users to view documents only. The editing and creating version was only for those who subscribed to Office 365. But now these premium options are open to all users. They can now create and edit documents, calculate spreadsheets and design presentations and graphics all just a click away. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has taken extreme measures to make this experience pleasant and user friendly for the users.
This launch won’t only be beneficial for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) but it’s a good move for the users too. As up till now blackberry was considered as a phone for professionals and it gave users all the premium features of checking, editing and working on document on the phone. On the other hand iPhone was more for users who liked taking pictures, updating their Facebook and Twitter statuses. IPhone was considered a luxury brand and Blackberry was more for professionals and the sophisticated class.
This move comes into play under Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, she wants that the company gains recognition and delivers its services to all businesses and consumers globally and especially on their handset. After Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s launch on to iPad, back in March the product was downloaded at least 40 million times. With this new change in play the company expects remarkable results.
From now on there will be a Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Office Mobile for android phone apps, which is similar to the existing app available now on iPhone too. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) also announced its partnership with cloud storage service like DropBox. This move is to make it easy for the users to work on documents, presentations and spreadsheets in collaboration with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and DropBox. The features could be accessed on phones, tablets and PCs.