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Where's the touch-first Office for Windows?

Gregg Keizer | March 31, 2014
When Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad on Thursday, neither CEO Satya Nadella nor the company said much of anything about a similar touch version for Windows 8.1. Analysts expect that to change this week.

To Moorhead and others, Microsoft risked fracturing already-strained relationships with developers by promoting apps on a non-Windows OS.

But by Thursday, Moorhead and other analysts were singing a different tune, applauding Microsoft for demonstrating that it was serious about its devices and services strategy, or as Nadella has put it, a "mobile-first, cloud-first" strategy — even if that meant discarding the "Windows-first" philosophy it's adhered to for decades.

"This was the proof point of delivering on the devices and services strategy," Moorhead said last week.

Microsoft will kick off Build April 2 with a keynote address scheduled to run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET). As at past Build conferences, Microsoft will live stream the keynote from its Channel 9 website and the conference's own page. Nadella is expected to participate in the keynote, just as Ballmer did in the years prior.


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