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“The question of Office for iOS has burned for a year, but a release is still up in the air after comments by Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer at yesterday’s “new” Office 365 launch,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “Asked about Office for the iPad, Ballmer gave a terse reply: ‘I have nothing to say on the topic.’”

“‘We’re very happy with the product that we’re putting in market,’ Ballmer told Bloomberg. ‘It makes sense on the devices like the Mac and the PC. We have a product that we think makes a lot of sense. We do have a way for people always to get to Office through the browser, which is very important. And we’ll see what we see in the future,’” Tung reports. “In meantime, the only tablet on which Office is available is Microsoft’s own Surface.”

MacDailyNews Take: Which is exactly the same as not having Office on tablets:

Crash and burn: Windows RT tablet sales in 2012 likely to total less than one million units – – January 30, 2013

Tung reports, “The fundamental issue thought to be behind the delay in bringing Office to iOS is Microsoft’s unwillingness to pay Apple’s 30-percent commission on apps sold through its App Store.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Keep your dogshit in your own yard, Microsoft. We don’t want it and, best of all, it’ll only hasten your demise. iPad and iPhone are already firmly ensconced into the Fortune 500 and SMB without Microsoft’s bloated morass of insecure spaghetti-code. The world is rapidly learning that it can live without Office and, by failing to pollute iOS devices with their crapware, Microsoft is spreading the news better than anyone.

For the record, Steve Ballmer is the greatest CEO the world has ever seen – unmatched – certainly the best we’ve ever witnessed. We like his strategy, we like it a lot.

May Microsoft’s shareholders and BoD remain forever comatose and may Mr. Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!

(Which, at this rate, shouldn’t be much longer.)

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