Office 365: Cloud Syncing for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Where things get particularly interesting for Windows 8 is in the mouth-watering prospect of accessing Office 365 or Microsoft Office Web Apps. Whether or not the Windows 8 device in question has the hardware to run the software natively doesn’t matter.
The magic – the potency, if you will – of this combination is considerable. If you have Windows Phone access to a Microsoft SharePoint environment or have the Mango update installed then you will already have been given a taste of how powerful an integrated cloud computing version of Office can be.
So what does all of this mean?
Well, it’s simple. Microsoft doesn’t provide a version of Office for iOS, and Android only has Google Docs (which might be compatible but it is occasionally buggy, especially on Android tablets). Apple meanwhile has been working very hard on attracting corporate customers with space age promises of new ways of working and flexibility, but ultimately there are problems as described above.
The result of this is that when Windows 8 tablets come along, Apple’s corporate market share for iPads is set to reduce noticeably. More interestingly, there is likely to be an impact on iPhone sales within the same market as organizations opt to give their users Windows Phone alongside Windows 8.