It seems strange that Microsoft launched Office for iPad before releasing it for their Surface tablets, doesn’t it? Then it might seem even stranger that, according to ZDNET, the company will release Office for Android before Windows 8 as well. The reason, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in a comment on why the iPad edition came first, comes down to something that should have been obvious — market share.
In a recent tweet, Nadella said, “Apps power experiences across devices. We will not be bound to one app, on one device, in one place.”
While it might seem counterintuitive, the move makes a lot of sense. If you make lots of money from software, it only makes sense to put the software in front of as many people as possible. And for tablets, that means iOS and Android. Rumor has it that the Windows version of the software suite may end up being delayed until spring of 2015, which isn’t a very big deal, considering the sluggish sales Microsoft has seen with its Surface tablets.