During the Gartner Symposium 2013, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke about the company’s new vision of being a devices and services company. Ballmer explained the reasoning behind the shift, why it was necessary, and how it applies to the world. Ballmer also dropped hints about having Office on the Apple iPad.
Ballmer also mentioned that we would see the Office productivity suite on the iPad as soon as Apple makes the iPad a “touch first user interface” rather than a “touch enabled user interface.” Ballmer explained that core authoring apps such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are optimized for keyboard and mice, which iPad isn’t.
However, Microsoft already has a Lync app and OneNote app for the iPad. Ballmer also added that Office for iPad was still “in progress,” hinting that we will eventually see these apps on the iPad. In fact, Ballmer enthusiastically said, “It is definitively 100% in progress!”
We’re already heard that Microsoft is planning on the next version of Office to feature a Metro/Modern interface, codenamed “Gemini”. Similar to Office Web Apps (and Office 365 subscription model being the center of the Gemini strategy), this new version of Office will run on multiple platforms. Perhaps both Windows and iOS? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The video, which we have embedded for you below, is roughly 50 minutes long. Check it out below.Further reading: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer