Microsoft will showcase its new Office for iPad app and new chief executive Satya Nadella will discuss the vendor's cloud and mobile strategy at an event in San Francisco on March 27, according to reports.
Microsoft’s (MSFT) new chief executive Satya Nadella is prepping for his first press event as the company’s steward, reportedly a cloud- and mobile-centric get-together in San Francisco on March 27 at which he’ll unwrap the vendor’s months-in-the-works Office for iPad application.
The event is scheduled less than a week from Microsoft’s April 2 Build 2014 developer conference, also held in San Francisco, where the vendor is expected to showcase Windows Phone 8.1, the imminent Windows 8.1 update and perhaps mention Windows 9 in one form or another.
According to a report in The Verge, Nadella will opine on Microsoft’s “mobile first cloud first” strategy, a mantra he referenced repeatedly on his coronation day last month, taking former chief Steve Ballmer’s “devices and services” company tag line in a more precise direction while clearly delineating his priorities.
So quickly embedded is Nadella’s cloud and mobile strategy into Microsoft’s core that Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s Devices chief who is shifting over to become chief experience officer of the Applications and Services Engineering Group (ASG) to accommodate incoming Nokia (NOK) honcho Stephen Elop, only two weeks ago said her move was “part of the strategic direction of where [new chief executive] Satya [Nadella] is taking the company.”
As for the Office for iPad app, Microsoft is said to have toiled on it as a logical follow-on to the Office for iOS software it unwrapped last summer. The Verge’s sources said the productivity suite’s interface and features match the iPhone version and its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps support document creation and editing, although users will need an Office 365 subscription to access the apps’ editing functions.
It will be interesting to see how Nadella intends to manage Microsoft’s high-wire balancing act to preserve its enterprise dominance and cloud strengths while the world runs full speed toward mobile devices—where the vendor has struggled to gain a presence for its productivity software. At some point, Microsoft may have to embrace Android, which now holds a Windows-like vice grip on the mobile market, as a viable platform for its software.