"They've lost control of the Windows control point," said Krans, talking about Microsoft's problems in what Apple calls a "post-PC" world, but that the company dubs "PC-plus." "With Office, they want to retain that dominance. So they have the most to lose if Office 15 doesn't sell, but on the other hand, it's their best shot because it doesn't have the competition that Windows faces now."
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will host a press conference in San Francisco today, where he is expected to reveal Office 2013.
The press conference will be webcast from Microsoft's site starting at noon PT.
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