A few tweets of mine today about Microsoft releasing Office for iPad seem to have people up-in-arms. So allow me to clarify.
First, I do think this is an important moment. Not for me, personally, because I still won’t use Office — haven’t in years — but for millions of other people who do and want to use it on their own terms, on their own devices. More importantly, this is important for Microsoft. It’s a grand gesture to suggest they’re finally taking their head out of the sand it has been in for the better part of a decade.
"But, but, but, Microsoft clearly didn’t make Office in 52 days!," they whine. No shit. I’m not saying that Satya Nadella has been the one man hand-coding Office for iPad with both hands tied behind his back for the past 52 days. I’m saying it takes balls for Microsoft to even release Office for iPad at all. Especially now.
Time Warner? No. Time Warner Cable… Sadly, still no. I’d imagine a wireless carrier is more likely simply due to spectrum restraints.
No, I don’t think so.
Microsoft’s UK marketing director Harvey Eagle, talking to Metro about the Xbox One price cut in the UK. The question asked if the price cut — just 94 days after launch — was an admission that the console isn’t selling well.
Eagle doesn’t think so. But he’s not sure. Why should he be sure? It’s only his job.
So, Microsoft isn’t cutting the price because it hasn’t been selling well in the UK. In fact, it has been selling as fast as possible. But this price cut is all about helping to generate more sales. Got it.