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Windows 8's complexity tax shackles Microsoft

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 20, 2014
The new OS was meant to bring simpler times, but the dual-mode beast can't compete as computing changes, say analysts

Microsoft has said it will introduce a Metro touch-first version of Office, probably this year, then follow with an edition for the iPad.

Thompson echoed Miller, calling Office "Microsoft's trump card" in his Jan. 10 commentary, but claimed that time is running out to play it. "The complexities of Windows are rapidly dragging Office down," Thompson said. "One of the most critical decisions facing the next CEO is whether or not to unburden Office from the Windows strategy tax and leave Windows to figure it out on its own."


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