Apple iWork is the scariest foe that Microsoft Office has yet faced, according to Zeus Kerravala, an independent analyst. Apple's offering, which includes iPhoto and iMovie, plus three services that let users create documents and presentations, has deeper functionality than other popular free alternatives, including Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) Docs, Evernote and Dropbox.
To counteract the threat, Kerravala thinks Microsoft should make full-functionality Office Mobile apps available to all Apple and Android non-corporate users.
Unfortunately, I doubt Microsoft will do much about this. They completely missed the boat by not releasing Office for Android and iOS. So users simply opted for other software, and figured out that in most cases they don't need Microsoft Office.
I think Microsoft will rue the day it didn't get its office suite onto Android and iOS. Once people learn how to use other alternatives, they might never bother with Office even if Microsoft releases it for mobile devices without the subscription requirement.
Ugly iPhone 5C Cases
Fast Company has called into question the design of the iPhone 5C cases. The article points out how the cases partially cover some of the text on the back of the iPhone.
If the iPhone 5C case merely hid this text, I'd have no problem with the design. Nor would I have much of an issue if a little window had been left open for it, or at least the word "iPhone." They could even have moved the polkadot grid to the top of the case instead of the bottom and I'd be fine. What is mystifying to me is the way the polkadot grid of the iPhone 5C case half-obscures, half-exposes all of this text. It looks terrible, like a Playskool fishnet stocking that has been sloppily pulled over a sign.
Image Courtesy of Fast Company
I agree with that point, but I also think that the covers are just flat out ugly. Who wants a bunch of holes on the back of their cases? To say it looks trashy is an understatement.
It would still look ugly even if the text on the back of the iPhone was totally hidden or made more visible. The holes themselves just make it look silly, regardless of the rest of it. I can't imagine using one of these cases if I owned an iPhone 5C.
What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.