Microsoft Office on iOS – Don’t get too excited

Normally this would be big news. I’m sure a lot of people have been waiting for MS Office to make it’s way onto iOS. Well, today is that day. Microsoft is offering Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

There’s only two MAJOR problems.

1. It only works on the iPhone.

2. It costs $99.99 and you need to have an Office 365 Subscription.

In one fell swoop, Microsoft offers something is both quite exciting, but at the same time is a steaming pile of poo.

Instead of making a competitor to Pages, which may be a run away success on the iPad, and charging $9.99, they lose their damn minds and make their completely untested version 1.0 product available for $100. And basically, if you use any stand alone version of Office, this iOS version is useless.

Smooth Microsoft. Smooth.

And of course it only supports SkyDrive, not Dropbox which is what millions of people use for iOS.

This seems like a complete waste. Why bother? I don’t see Microsoft gaining any market share with asinine maneuver. Buying the entire iWorks Suite is still a fraction of the cost. Or spending $20-30 on one of the other competent suites is still bargain compared to this.

Let’s see how many desperate souls go for this.

I’ll stick with Pages and QuickOffice.

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