Office fans rest assured; your complaints have been heard. Microsoft Corporate Vice President of OS group said on his Weibo account that the company has heard the complaints and is responding.
He said, “First as we end our 2014, I want to acknowledge the comments and letters you all have sent, noting that you have been frustrated seeing Microsoft launch new applications like Office and iOS and Android, without accompanying news around what will happen on windows phone. I want to assure you that our Office team has not forgotten Windows phone – we’re just aligning all of our news and announcements to a single event.”
“You will hear much more about what we have planned before Chinese New Year,” he added. A lot of stress has been placed on ensuring that Microsoft finally makes changes to the struggling interface, and application that is available on Windows devices. The company has been gaining more and more traction around their mobile experience on both iOS and Android – as they now deliver better experiences than Apple-made office products on their own devices.
However, that update does not look like it will be coming until the release of Windows 10. This is when Microsoft looks like they will double-down on the efforts and energy that has been placed thus far in ensuring that the next operating system that Microsoft creates doesn’t alienate any part of their base or fans. Specifically, much conversation has had around ensuring the next operating system delivers for enterprise users since they are at the absolute root of all Windows users. They have been for a number of years, and now, that needs to be the focus once again.
While the details are still slight, there is currently a Windows 10 event scheduled for January 21st, which is much sooner than the Chinese New Year – which is on February 19th. It will be interesting to see what is available when, since it wouldn’t be a stretch now to say that given the information we have to this point all changes should be made by the end of February.
At that point, perhaps Microsoft can reclaim the prize on its own operating system for being the best at delivering an office experience.