Gates sticks to company line on tablets, knocks iPad

Neglects to say that the lack of Office on iOS is Microsoft's strategy, not Apple's

By , Computerworld |  Operating Systems

Gates also toed the line on Microsoft's position -- or lack of one -- on Office and iOS. By labeling the omission of Office on "iPad-type" hardware a negative, Gates implied that Microsoft's business application suite would not show up on the iPad anytime soon.

What Gates did not say, however, was that the iPad's inability to run Office was not Apple's idea, but a key part of Microsoft's apparent strategy to promote Windows and Windows tablets at the expense of the company's Business division's revenue.

A purported release roadmap seen by long-time Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley, who blogs for ZDNet, showed Office for iOS launching in October 2014, a year-and-a-half away. The consensus among analysts was that that would be a major mistake, one that eliminated potential revenue now and may miss the closing window of opportunity entirely as tablets shrink in size.

Gates also neglected to point out -- although Microsoft officials, including Ballmer, have -- that iPad owners can run some parts of Office via the bare bones online editions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word from within their Safari browser.

Monday's Gates-Buffett interview sported the U.S.'s two biggest billionaires, with the pair representing a combined fortune of more than $120 billion by Forbes' estimate.

This article, Gates sticks to company line on tablets, knocks iPad, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

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