If MS Office goes Android ...
[android/BB10 dev question]
... Is there anything - besides legit protection - that would forbids it to be ported for BB10 ?
I believe MS won't be using google's API and I don't see the need of very specific ones ...
Your thoughts ?
- CrackBerry Abuser
11-17-12, 02:55 AM #5
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The version of MS Office that they are looking at using is the cloud based one, which requires a monthly subscription fee. so you can see why they would want to port to iOS and Android, because every month you would be paying MS for the privilege of using it
Last edited by Superfly_FR; 11-17-12 at 03:53 AM.
- 11-17-12, 07:07 AM #8
They also released Microsoft Office for Symbian (which was the most widely used smartphone OS back when they announced that they started working to bring Office to Symbian), so it only makes sense that they are now bringing it to Android.
I guess it won't work in the BB Android Runtime though, as some parts of it will most probably be native code.
- 11-19-12, 12:01 PM #11
Microsoft Office is a cash cow for Microsoft. Supporting multiple platforms is not a risky business strategy; it would solidify Microsoft Office as the de facto office suite in an increasingly mobile world. Now I am not saying that I like Microsoft Office - quite the opposite - but to offer it on multiple platforms would be brilliant. I would prefer an office suite which adheres to open standards allowing users to get at their data via any number of means. And no I do not want a ported Google Android version of Microsoft Office; make it native.
- 11-19-12, 12:14 PM #12
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- 11-20-12, 06:52 AM #17
They will probably use it for time consuming operations (e.g. for a search algorithm) as native code is normally faster.
And as C/C++ is supported on most mobile OSs, they can leverage a lot of their existing code with little modification.
- 11-20-12, 08:11 AM #18
My guess is since Thor is out there saying this week that Blackberry 10 phones will replace laptops and desktops in 3 to 5 years, and since MS Office has unfortunately become the defacto standard for business office suite, that he knows that MS Office is coming to the platform. If you give majority of government and business workers MS Office with MS Project in a device that docks into a monitor/keyboard/mouse setup, then those people would be able to fully do their jobs. Their would be some special cases and outliers of purpose built apps, but with eGov initiatives to get as much ported to web forms over apps, I could definitely see this happen.
- 11-20-12, 09:36 AM #19
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- 11-25-12, 09:01 AM #24
They should release it for all platforms so the best way to do that is via the web. Unlike BBM where that isn't a standard, Office is and allowing more people to use it would just give them more money. IMO its only ballsy because the level of commitment is lacking. They released Office on Mac and it hasn't really done anything to damage Windows sales as proof. Plus there is no other Office solution for companies to embrace meaning we are all stuck with MS Office forever probably. Mobile is different, its more like cars (personal preference and choice) except with software you can sell your services to everyone potentially.
- 11-25-12, 10:39 AM #25
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