The new boss, Satya Nadella who is now the current CEO of Microsoft is going to have his first big press appearance and address industry executives in San Francisco on March 27. Sources said that Satya Nadella may unveil an iPad version of the company’s Office software suite during this juncture. What can be better than this occasion to launch the company’s most profitable product for Apple Inc’s popular tablet. Microsoft said in an invitation to reporters that Nadella will discuss “news related to the intersection of cloud and mobile” but waned to comment on the particulars of the CEO’s appearance.
Finally the most anticipated dream will come true for many populaces by the hit of iPad and iPhone versions of Office in the market. Investors for years have urged Microsoft to adapt Office for mobile devices from Apple and Google Inc, rather than manacling it to Windows as PC sales decline. But the Redmond software giant has been hesitant to emasculate its other lucrative franchise, its PC operating software.
Microsoft has loitered on the release of iPad and iPhone versions of Office due to internal divisions, though the company has had plans of releasing iPad and iPhone versions of Office from long time.
Microsoft gives up some $2.5bn a year in revenue by keeping Office off the iPad, which has now sold almost 200 million units, analysts estimate. Tech blog Re/code is the first to report of Nadella’s event.
Although Nadella is expected to discuss his thinking in depth next week, the company has already signaled that it will adopt a more substantial attitude toward putting its software on different platforms.