In announcing Office for iPad, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about all of the reasons why Microsoft was bringing the software to Apple’s tablet. What he didn’t talk about onstage was why Microsoft didn’t do it sooner, especially since it had been working on versions for years.
“We’ve been obviously working on this for a while,” Nadella told reporters. “The thing we wanted to get most right was the combination of what I would call the combination of the app, the enterprise architecture, the developer APIs, and then marry it with the device and what you expect from the device. … It’s not just a trivial thing, let’s port Word for Windows to a particular device.”
Nadella also talked about why Microsoft renamed Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure.
“It’s just a reflection of what Azure today is. If you think about Azure, it has Linux instances. In fact, 15 percent of Azure is just people who are using it as a Linux host. It has support for Java as first class. It’s a much broader thing than a cloud for Windows customers.”