Tim Cook Welcomes MS Office to the iPad on Twitter

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In a gentlemanly and gracious gesture, Apple CEO Tim Cook welcomed Microsoft Office to the iPad today in a tweet.

Opinions about this move by Microsoft are all over the map. Those who don't care for Microsoft see the move as far too late. Those who are neutral to positive are pleased to see Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella taking an aggressive position with a Microsoft enterprise strategy that focuses on a cloud and mobile strategy and the needs of its users on all platforms.

In any case, this tweet by Mr. Cook comes from a position of stregth and confidence by Apple and also reminds us that Mr. Cook is a man with strong personal values. It should be taken at face value.

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wab95

Saw that on Twitter.

First class on TC’s part.

d'monder

Welcome, Office.  Seriously.  smile

aardman

Tim Cook is just a class act that’s not an act.

mhikl

Mr Cook, the gentleman- a rare breed.
Mr Nadella; a refreshing change.

MacFrogger

I agree with all of the above comments - except I want to remind everyone that I remain seriously concerned about Nadella’s elevation of a disgraced political hatchet man like Mark Penn to be in charge of MS strategy. Penn’s entire career has been based on devising negative political campaigns, and while I might admit his “Scroogled” campaign gave me some perverse pleasure at times, you have to wonder about what the heck this guy knows about what direction to take MS in.  Unless his strategy is just to go negative on Google, Apple, and everyone perceived to be in MS’s way.

Only time will tell of course.  I wonder if Nadella’s choice of Penn will be seen at some point as analogous to Tim Cook’s one serious blunder: hiring the previous guy in charge of retail (Browett?).  Fortunately, Tim realized it and fired the guy. Will Nadella have the sense to can Penn if he lives up to my expectations?

RonMacGuy

Mr Cook, the gentleman- a rare breed.
Mr Nadella; a refreshing change.

mhikl, finish it out…

Mr Ballmer, …

I sort of miss the guy.  The tech world is boring without his stupidity…

 

mhikl

Thanks Ron,
I was caught in an off moment and an overwhelming desire to be nice - swayed by the lackeys grin over took me. I promise it won’t happen again.

MacFogger, I’ve fingered out (actually studied it but took a while to fully understand) that there are two types of human beings: normal people who have varying degrees of care and concern for other sentient beings (animal and plant) and those (small minority) who are psychopathic (to varying degrees), all of whom cannot relate to the pain or needs of others. It ain’t in ‘em but often they can mimic concern but it is a concerted effort. Good parental understanding can tweak and nurture understanding and modify behaviours but cannot change the lack of identification with another’s pain. The uncaring (or more ‘uncare-able’) are very likely to seek positions of power, often in the likes of business or politics. The worthy politician or good business man has to learn to deal with these critters on their turf, so to speak, and often will court the power hungry psychopath and make use of his/er skills successfully-court the devil-so to speak.
I will search out this Penn chap.

Back to Ron: I don’t think Mr Ballmer is a psychopath, just a stumble bum who turned the right corner at the precise right moment in time.

Namaste and care to all sentient beings across our ever-being, not expanding, caring, electric universe,
mhikl

MacFrogger

Here’s another thought as I sit here enjoying my morning java (without the script)…

Now that Office has come to iOS, I guess we will no longer be hearing MS blather on and on about the iPad being “just a consumption device” while describing the Surface as the device of choice “when real work needs to get done.”  There is no doubt in my mind that this positioning of the iPad was dreamed up by Penn, as that’s what he does best - figure out how to go negative on something.  Maybe he’ll just have to put more of his energy into his “Scroogled” campaign?

Michael Davias

History lesson for the young folk:  Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint were assembled and delivered by Microsoft at the behest of Steve Jobs. The first editions of those applications were delivered on 3.5” diskette for use on Apple’s Macintosh. I have a set from the 1980s that I bought and used. At that time, all my “corporate” brethren were slugging it out with WordPerfect, Lotus 123 and Harvard Graphics. The revolution of desktop productivity started right there. Yesterday’s announcement just brought Office full circle to the embrace the Age of the Cloud, and Apple’s participation as the delivery platform is almost Cosmic in irony.

wab95

@Michael Davias:

Excellent, succinct recap, sir. Would that Ballmer had attended your class, MS might now be reaping the benefits (and profits) of a more enviable position in the post-PC era.

aardman

This is starting to turn into a pile-on party on Mr. Ballmer.

We all know Mr. Ballmer isn’t dumb or stupid.  That’s not why he lead MS down the path it went.  I think his downfall was that he reveled in complexity,  or in his ability to see through complexity.  There was an article way back that described how Ballmer was a really sharp numbers guy, that you could lay a big spreadsheet in front of him and he will spot patterns and trends that would be invisible to most of us.  [If you put a spreadsheet in front of Steve Jobs, he’ll probably fire you.  After making you eat it first.]

And you look at Microsoft’s products, and maybe even its corporate structure, you get a sense that this is a company run by a person who doesn’t shy away from complexity, probably loves it even.

Well, I’ve strayed far enough from the article’s topic.

aardman

Sorry.  Bad tense “is a really sharp numbers guy”, not “was”.

RonMacGuy

mhikl, I commend you on your desire to be nice!!  And aardman, I agree that Mr. Ballmer isn’t dumb or stupid.  However, very smart people say some pretty stupid things at times, and in an attempt to not stray too far from this article’s topic, I believe these very smart people who say pretty stupid things at times end up making decisions (based on those stupid things?) that are bad for their company.

Ballmer is very intelligent, and ran MS in a way that, in my opinion, was very conservative and that helped to maximize profits in what they were good at.  But, his very strong (and public) opinions about specific topics that manifested in the completely idiotic things that he said actually blinded him to the point that one of the most telling things he said after ‘retiring’ from MS was that he wished he had a ‘do over’ for the past 10 years.  For a CEO (albeit he may have said some of this stuff prior to becoming CEO, but he was obviously on the path to CEO so he gets no excuse) to say things like “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.” or “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.” means he is completely discounting those companies as competitors, which as I said blinded him to their potential to disrupt the industry.  VERY STUPID ACTION obviously, even for a smart guy, as an outcome of his blindness.

As a counter to Ballmer’s approach (and to come back to topic at hand), Tim Cook is methodical and I think very careful in how he chooses his words.  As CEO he knows that what he says most likely will be posted all over the internet for the rest of eternity, so I don’t believe he will ever publicly laugh at and completely discount a competitor’s product like Ballmer did about the iPhone.  Not his style, which makes him (in my opinion) a better leader.

Please note that my ‘smart people say stupid things’ comment applies not just to CEOs but also to haters on TMO and other sites…

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RonMacGuy

One further point - if Ballmer were in Tim’s shoes right now, his tweet would have said, ‘Welcome to the iPad and Appstore! satyanadella and Office for iPad - Ha Ha Ha, are you serious?  There’s no chance Office for iPad is going to get any significant market share.  What took you so long?  Keynote, Keynote, Keynote, Keynote, Keynote, Keynote, Keynote.’

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John Dingler, artist

Microsoft,...finally, returning to its roots, becoming once again Apple’s developer. All wii be well as long as it does not partner-up with the courts to begin stealing Apple’s IPs.

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