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$’s traditional way of freezing threats but it’s more likely a move to unhook the office suite from the desktop client. If the client OS sinks, there is a possibility that the office suite could live on.
â€œIn addition to Windows, Office will be also available on other operating systems, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, Android, iOS and Symbianâ€
I doubt it will work. The world has awakened to FLOSS and open standards. LibreOffice is thriving and OpenOffice.org has been around a long time. They too can compete in the mobile space and M$’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.