It has been just two days since the launch of OneNote for Mac, but you can easily observe the outcome of “mobile first, cloud first” strategy of Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella. OneNote for Mac now at first place in top 10 free software on Mac App Store.
This is just the appetizer, as Microsoft is likely to announce Office for iPad on March 27. It has been more than two years since the launch of original Surface, but users are still waiting for the touch-first version of productivity suite. Initially, Steve Ballmer former Microsoft CEO announced that the arrival of Microsoft Office codenamed Gemini on Windows 8 first, followed by iOS and Android later, but with the appointment of Satya Nadella the order has been reversed. The Redmond Company is giving priority to the iPad version because the Apple tablet is much more widespread than the Surface. In practice, the “mobile first, cloud first” strategy also means “iPad first”.
OneNote for Mac has received more than 750 positive review with an average rating of four stars so far. This clearly shows the demand for Microsoft productivity suite is very high. Additionally, OneDrive and Remote Desktop also stands at ninth and tenth place respectively. Considering the performance of trio (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) included in iWork, the success of corresponding apps included in Microsoft Office for iPad (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) seems obvious.
Microsoft’s Office suite has always been the “Cash Cow” for the Redmond giant, but so far the development has been focused exclusively on Windows. According to data provided by Apple, more than 170 million iPads have been sold until 2013, which are expected to reach 250 million units by the end of 2014. Therefore, it’s clear why Microsoft has decided to announce Office for iPad.