Office’s Place In The New Microsoft


In a recent Vanity Fair feature on Microsoft that you should certainly read, a comment from former CEO Bill Gates is worth considering: « [T]he original idea of having great software people and broad software products and Office being the primary tool that people look to across all these devices, that’s as true today and as strong as ever. »

What’s fun about the Gates quote is how correct, and historically fraught, it is; Microsoft built Office for Mac for years, but when it came time to release the productivity suite for iPad and Android tablets, those efforts didn’t reach fruition in the first case, or appear to race to market in the second, until new CEO Satya Nadella took the reins.

Perhaps even more interesting is how Gates puts Office squarely in the middle of the company, perhaps even more so than Windows. That might seem like a semantic point, but it…

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