Looks like Microsoft is hedging on Office for iPad. Gregg Keizer gets details from Tami Reller, Microsoft’s chief of marketing on what to do with Office on non-Microsoft portable devices:
With Windows, we’re obviously spending a lot of time thinking about how we continue to differentiate the full Windows experience, particularly as we think about our partners and how we differentiate for them to pick Windows over Android.
So you’ll see us be thoughtful about how and when we bring what applications to what platforms
We come at it from that angle, which is ‘What businesses do we need to drive forward?… That’s how we will make the decision [to go cross-platform]. It really ends up being business by business, product by product. There’s no sweeping one decision.
It sounds like Microsoft is hedging on an iPad version of Office, yet can’t figure out how their own mobile devices can be differentiated without Office.
Frankly, iPad users don’t need Office. Android smartphone and tablet users don’t need it, either.