Microsoft to include MS Office in many Windows tablets
Microsoft announced Wednesday that Windows RT tablets will soon include a version of Outlook, and that many tablets that run the full OS will come bundled with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
This is a big event for Windows tablets but the biggest gain is for Intel-based tablets. Not only will they run all Windows software the devices will come with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote too. This means Out-off-box productivity, compatibility with everything and zero learning curve.
The key point made by Merlot_1 is that these applications will be bundled with Intel-based tablets as well. This is a great selling point for the regular Windows 8 Tablets - against iPad and Android. And should help enormously in increasing Tablet marketshare for Intel and Microsoft.
Microsoft's hubris was its thinking that its OS alone (whatever flavor it put out) would pull customers in - but the real key is the application and legacy compatibility. Only Windows 8 provides this - not Windows RT.
Since Microsoft's hubris made such an obvious error in strategy, I expect this to be in in every marketing book as a case study!
Should add that Windows tablets with MS Office bundled reduces the cost of the device by about $120 assuming one would have purchased MS Office separately. So the "as if" cost of that $399 Windows tablet is more like $280 considering the Office package. Very good move by Microsoft.