Until then, no wonder. Versions for PC must evolve to adapt to Windows RT and Windows 8. The memo reveals that they will be next fall optimized for touch support.
According to Foley, in addition to versions for Windows, a Mac version is planned. But, in addition, a touch version will be unveiled to the developments made by Perceptive Pixel, a company acquired by Microsoft in the summer of 2012.
But Mari-Jo Foley then reveals that in October 2014, versions for iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) could be launched. Of course, these leaks are obviously not supported by Microsoft. And in turn, the journalist does not say how it got its hands on so sensitive documents. But the accuracy of this roadmap may suggest that Microsoft has learned to use techniques employed by Apple buzz.
After reading this information, and, if they materialize, Office users who use a touch pad can say "too soon.”In fact, for months conflicting information circulated. Some suggested a launch in spring 2013, Microsoft has also officially denied.
This refusal to deploy this tool on Apple platforms and Google has been strongly criticized by the financial. Adam Holt, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, has calculated that the shortfall created by this absence would amount to 2.5 billion dollars per year. Obviously, users' expectations and those investors may have been due to the long hesitation that Microsoft is reluctant to pay Apple 30% of its revenues.
Microsoft wants to convince companies to abandon Windows XP
Users of Windows XP ( still 38.7% ) are potential customers for the latest generation Microsoft OS. And many potential profits if the publisher manages to convince her to move to the latest technology.
But how to persuade companies to leave Windows XP, an OS they control and operate for many years, but extended support will end April 8, 2014? Migrate later will be more expensive as Microsoft
Microsoft and provides small and medium enterprises with Windows XP Pro to a 15% discount for a migration to Windows 8 Pro and Office Standard 2013. The commercial offer is limited to 100 licenses and valid until 30 June 2013.
For more recalcitrant (move from XP to Windows 8 is a complex project), Microsoft has other arguments, this time on the front of security and features. The director of the Windows division, Erwin Vassar, trying to be persuasive on the blog editor.
"Even if the end of support for Windows XP does not occur until a year, the migration process can take a long time and the longer you stay on Windows XP and it could be costly, putting your business at risk ultimately" he insists.