Microsoft debates bringing Office to the Mac App Store

Mon, Jan 31, 2011


All Things D reports that Microsoft is toying with the idea of bringing Microsoft Office to the nascent Mac App Store. As it stands now, sales of the Mac version of Office are doing quite well, but the Mac App Store opens up a market of millions of potentially new customers. Indeed, stories of huge spikes in sales via the Mac App Store are beginning to emerge.

“It’s something we are looking at,” Microsoft’s Amanda Lefebvre explained.

Still, Microsoft probably isn’t too keen on Apple taking a 30% cut of its healthy Office profits. Moreover, Microsoft Office is quite possibly the most popular piece of software ever created so it’s not like Microsoft really needs added visibility to its already uber-popular productivity software.

“It’s something we haven’t ruled out,” Lefebvre continued. “We just have to see how that relates to our business.”

But with Office out of the mix, that gives Apple’s competing office software iWork (encompassing Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) a potential competitive advantage in the Mac realm.


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