Gartner Research

Office for iPad Represents a Giant Step for Microsoft, but Some Users May Not Be Swayed

Published: 31 March 2014

ID: G00263350

Analyst(s): Tom Austin, Michael Silver

Summary

Microsoft Office for iPad will appeal to IT professionals looking to drive ROI and will satisfy users who want full round-trip fidelity with Office on Windows and Mac. However, users looking for innovative use of tablet features that exceed the functionality of other platforms will be disappointed.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Markets: Office for iPad changes the mobile office productivity market — smaller vendors' products will see fewer enterprisewide deployments, and many IT leaders committed to Microsoft will use it to complement their strategies, but some users won't be swayed
  • Consistency: Office for iPad is consistent with the rest of the Office family in terms of interface; however, organizations and users hoping for more innovation should look elsewhere
  • Availability: Office for iPad is available only to users with certain Office 365 subscriptions; some organizations may move from perpetual to subscription-based licensing, but others will be upset
  • Microsoft: Office for iPad's release before a Windows 8 version may show Microsoft's willingness to provide services for all platforms, but at the expense of its Windows franchise

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