To many this news might seem very arbitrary or annoying:
Facebook is taking its standalone app strategy to a new extreme today. It’s starting to notify users they’ll no longer have the option to send and receive messages in Facebook for iOS and Android, and will instead have to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile.
Well, i for one love it when I’m right. This is part of a larger strategy emanating throughout out the business of social media. Back in January I predicted that the future of social media are single focus apps and this is one giant step in that direction from our friends at Facebook.
Usually not a good thing when your product launch video looks and feels exactly like an April Fools joke.
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Keynote you win.
Keynote finally adds support for animated GIFs! Now I can use it again.
Google Shelfie. Happy April Fool’s Day.
Apparently this was a thing that was done. Mind? BLOWN.
Indeed, Microsoft does offer Office 365 subscriptions within the just-released Word for iPad and the other Office apps and, yes, it is paying the 30 percent cut, Apple confirmed to Re/code. Microsoft declined to comment on the matter.
Microsoft is giving Apple a 30 percent cut on sales of Office 365 through the iPad apps. Let that sink in for a minute. And then realize that both sides are probably going to make a ton of money as a result.
Looks like Microsoft and their new CEO might finally “get it”:
In short, Nadella sees Microsoft powering all sorts of devices through services and apps like Office. It doesn’t matter if the device runs Windows or a competing platform like Android or iOS. Microsoft wants to be powering what you do on every gizmo.
This philosophy has already been very successful for other tech giants such as Google. Their apps are among the best of their chief rivals platform: iOS.
Being device and perhaps even more importantly OS agnostic is the future for the big three (Apple, Google, Microsoft). In fact so important that I won’t be surprised to see iTunes on Windows phone and Android soon.
A few tweets of mine today about Microsoft releasing Office for iPad seem to have people up-in-arms. So allow me to clarify.
First, I do think this is an important moment. Not for me, personally, because I still won’t use Office — haven’t in years — but for millions of other people who do and want to use it on their own terms, on their own devices. More importantly, this is important for Microsoft. It’s a grand gesture to suggest they’re finally taking their head out of the sand it has been in for the better part of a decade.
"But, but, but, Microsoft clearly didn’t make Office in 52 days!," they whine. No shit. I’m not saying that Satya Nadella has been the one man hand-coding Office for iPad with both hands tied behind his back for the past 52 days. I’m saying it takes balls for Microsoft to even release Office for iPad at all. Especially now.
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