Just a few years ago, Microsoft was a flailing company, writes InfoWorld. Windows 8 wasn’t catching on with customers, Windows Phone was a costly disaster, and Microsoft Office had lost its luster against newcomers like Google Docs. That has all changed in recent years.
According to InfoWorld:
You see the action at many levels:
- Office 2016 is now a seriously good suite across Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android, as Microsoft has significantly reduced the penalties it has long imposed on users on other platforms.
- A 64-bit MacOS version of Office is coming out this year, nine years after MacOS X 10.5 Leopard introduced the technology. Yes, it’s seriously late, but the fact of its arrival is a big shift for the “we hate Macs” faction at Microsoft.
- OneDrive finally works well across Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
- SharePoint finally has an iOS client, and one for Android is in the works. (MacOS remains shunned.)
- The Outlook clients continue to get better and better on iOS, MacOS, and Android, finally giving native clients like Apple Mail and Google Gmail a run for their money.
- Skype for Business — the old Lync Online — now has beta Mac and iOS clients that work reasonably well, a huge leap from the horrible clients we saw last fall.