Rumours abound that Microsoft are set to make 2 announcements at tomorrow’s (27/03/14) web conference:
1) Office for iPad
2) Enterprise Mobility Suite
Office for iPad is a big one, that’s been talked about for a long while, and is a tricky thing to consider. On one hand, there are millions of people with iPads who will surely buy Office – bringing in significant revenue to Redmond. On the other hand, does Office on iPad weaken the Windows tablet message somewhat?
I don’t think it does, Office isn’t the only benefit of a Windows tablet – but I can see it being a question MS will need to address.
The second point is a newer rumour – the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). According to ZDNet, this will be a bundle of:
- Windows Intune
- Azure Active Directory Premium (a new offering)
- Azure Rights Management Services
This would enable organizations to easily manage 1000’s of devices – Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone as well as iOS & Android – with features such as self service password reset, group management and more.