New versions are also said to be coming to Android, Windows, and Windows RT.
Microsoft's outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer said recently that a touch-optimized version of Office for tablets is in the works that will eventually be made available to run on the iPad.
"Word, PowerPoint and Excel are all authoring tools," Ballmer said during an appearance at the Gartner Symposium. "They are optimized for use with keyboards and mice.
"The last time I checked, the iPad didn't have a paradigm for keyboard or mice. iPad will be picked up when we do what I would call not just a touch-enabled, but a touch-first user interface [for Office]. That is in progress…for both Windows 8 and other platforms."
An iPad version of Office has been rumored to be in the works for two years, including some reports last year that it was ready to be released. In the meantime, a raft of other companies have filled the gap [...]
“Several internal sources” supposedly told tech website Neowin that the Surface 2 64GB, the Surface Pro 2 256GB and Surface Pro 2 512MB are all backordered, as well as the Touch Cover and the Type Cover in purple and black. One other Surface accessory, the new Arc Mouse, is also apparently out of stock.
This is outstanding news for Microsoft, especially as the tablets only went up for pre-order on September 24, but cynics are likely to argue that Microsoft has lightly stocked the channel this time around.
After all, the Redmond company was forced to write-down $900 million on unsold Surface RT tablets in July and outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer even later [...]
Elop left Nokia to re-join Microsoft as Executive VP of Devices and Services following Microsoft’s deal to buy the handset business for $7.2 billion.
The former Nokia chief executive remains the bookies’ favorite to replace Steve Ballmer, who retires in 12 months, with Ballmer himself doing little to pour scorn on the idea in an interview with The Seattle Times.
“Stephen will go from an external [candidate] to internal. The board will continue to [look at] all appropriate candidates through that process,” said Ballmer, who made similar comments to The Verge.
Elop is now in his second stint at Redmond having been in charge [...]
The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2014 and will see a total of 32,000 workers transfer from Nokia to Microsoft, with this figure including 18,300 that are “directly involved in manufacturing”.
Stephen Elop, Nokia’s now-former CEO and also previously of Microsoft, is also stepping aside to move to Microsoft’s Devices division, leaving Risto Siilasmaa as interim CEO of Nokia. One other notable change will see Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s executive VP of design and a key figure behind the Lumia range, leave the company in November
Microsoft’s own outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer described the deal was a “big, bold step forward” in [...]
Ballmer confirmed the news and said that it is now the “right time” to bid farewell.
"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," said Ballmer in a statement, reflecting on the company's recent restructuring program. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team.
"My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction."
As a result, Microsoft’s Board of [...]
“We will design, create and deliver through us and through third parties a complete family of Windows-powered devices,” Ballmer said. “Our family will include a full spectrum of both partner and first-party devices. Our family will include phones, tablets, PCs, 2-in-1s, TV-attached devices and other devices to be imagined and developed.”
In a lengthy email entitled “One Microsoft”, Ballmer revealed the new changes and spelled out how he expects them to make the company faster and more efficient.
“Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world,” wrote Ballmer, who stays on as chief executive.
“We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies. Although we will deliver multiple devices and services to execute and monetize the strategy, the single core strategy will drive us to set shared goals for [...]
Citing “people familiar with the matter”, Bloomberg reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is considering a company restructuring which will see former Skype president Tony Bates control acquisitions and relationships with software developers, with Larson-Green to oversee the firm’s hardware engineering.
The change is expected to come into effect as early as next week.
Former Xbox head Don Mattrick was apparently a contender for the hardware role before departing this week to become CEO of games company Zynga, but his withdrawal will leave Larson-Green overseeing hardware engineering for all devices, including Xbox consoles and Surface [...]
Speaking at the Build Conference on Wednesday, Ballmer waved around a Lenovo ThinkPad Helix hybrid tablet and made his pitch as to why convertible devices are the way forward.
"How many of us have gone to a meeting with somebody who brought a tablet and then when it comes time to actually take notes, writes them down on pencil and paper,” said Ballmer.
“Or can't get at the spreadsheet…or try to use it in terminal emulator mode…or take [a long time] to set up and turn their tablet into something that approximates a PC.”