M$ is like “Old McDonald”. M$ has a number of cash cows: client OS, office suite, and server OS. Until this year, the whole empire rested on the client OS but that is drying up. What to do? M$ has tried diversifying into mobile OS but that seems doomed to fail. To allow the office suite cash-cow to survive and to thrive, M$ will release a version for Android “real soon now”. This could be vapourware in M$’s traditional way of freezing threats but it’s more likely a move to unhook the office suite from the desktop client. If the client OS sinks, there is a possibility that the office suite could live on.
“In addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbian”
I doubt it will work. The world has awakened to FLOSS and open standards. LibreOffice is thriving and OpenOffice.org has been around a long time. They too can compete in the mobile space and M$’s cash-cows cannot handle competition, you know, competing on price/performance. While the office suite may live on it will not dominate the space except possibly for business but even business likes web applications and such. By the time M$ gets a product to market, FLOSS will be there and Google may well take a big share of business with Google Docs. I bet small business will be happy with that.
No. The cash cows may survive a while but they will not thrive as they did in the past excluding all competition. The world can make its own software and has moved on.