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Office Mobile heading to other platforms?

Microsoft has already sent BING to the iPhone and now it looks as if Office Mobile may be following suit. A recent Microsoft job posting for a Business Division Software Engineer reads, in part, "In addition to the current Windows Mobile 6.5 and upcoming WM7 clients, with the recently announced alliance between Microsoft and Nokia we are working to bring Office Mobile to hundreds of millions of Nokia smartphone owners, followed by other leading Smartphone platforms."

One can only assume that the "other leading smartphone platforms" would include the iPhone 4 or possibly Android phones. While expansion isn't necessarily a bad thing, one has to wonder if Microsoft should keep their focus in-house and get Windows Phone 7 finely tuned before branching outwards.  Then again, Microsoft is a huge company and having more than one pot on the stove shouldn't be an issue.

[read: wmpoweruser.com]

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Office Mobile heading to other platforms?

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After the Microsoft Office 2010 + SharePoint 2010 business launch I was thinking about this strategic move:

"Who of you remembers

iPad... iPad... iPad...

They would sell a lot if they can do it right. The iPad is severely lacking in business/office functionality.

Sadly, I fear this was the one last ace in the hole for all WinMo/WP7 phones, at least for business users. Now there would be no real need/reason to buy a Windows phone at all if MS Office is on other phones, especially the very same competitor phones MS is fighting for sales with.

I doubt they'ed be the same, I figure it's a safe bet that the Windows Phone version of the apps will always be better in some way.

Still, I think some of us were hoping they'd try to get a stronger WP7 base with it as a unique feature of the OS before even trying to start work on giving consumers more reason to consider going with the competition.

I've also been following the launch of Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 and have to agree with the author that having more than one pot on the stove shouldn't be an issue. A great example of this is Bing. I work for M80 (a word of mouth marketing firm) and we recently began helping Microsoft get the word out about the desktop versions of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 by promoting the non-Microsoft branded microsite www.allurebays.com. Immediately you'll realize this is not your everyday campaign nor is it the only campaign for these products.

Obviously I'm not unbiased but my point is that just like their marketing campaigns, Microsoft often explores all of the markets for their products in order to maximize profitability.

In case your interested- The site (www.allurebays.com) showcases the

as long as it doesnt look like the crap in the screenshot above, i will look forward to it coming on android!!!

function over form for me bud. sure I agree it may look nicer from a strictly aesthetic standpoint but as far functionality majority of that info there could be on one page, no need for all that scrolling, its a waste of time. poor use of screen space in my opinion. like i said im not saying it doesnt look visually appealing or "artsy" but i like have as much info on the screen at one time as possible rather than something thats pretty. just my personal opinion of course

I would LOVE to have Office Mobile on my Droid Incredible and any future Android tablet!!! Does Office Mobile have access (create, edit, view) to SkyDrive?

I was thinking this morning that MS is a SOFTWARE company and they should place all there software on as many platforms as possible - including there mobile software (Office Mobile and Zune with the Zune Pass).

You hit the nail on the head, or as John C. Dvorak puts it: "Microsoft is a shrink-wrap company."

We should never forget the vast majority of Microsoft's income comes from the Windows desktop OS and Office products. Windows Mobile and its predecessors were always in the rounding error of Microsoft's bottom line. For a long time the product line was more a feature of Office than a stand-alone product; initially developed to meet the demands of enterprise professionals wanting portable devices similar to Palm's but with strong integration with Microsoft's Office applications and data. So from a historical perspective, Microsoft should be pushing Office apps and whatever it can think of onto as many mobile platforms as possible.

The issue for Microsoft however is that the world is shifting away from Microsoft traditional stronghold: the desktop. The shift hasn't had a big impact yet on profits, but it will.

I wonder why there is no other office application is around to compete with Microsoft. Open office can be a good option for this if it has its Mobile version. I think Ipad and iphone can also make this happen.