A few weeks ago, Satya Nadella called Office 365 the most strategic API for Microsoft. This was echoed by Bill Gates, who in an interview said that getting Office to the next level is a major strategic imperative. They weren’t kidding.
Microsoft made two major announcements recently that can be game changing.
- Office 365 as a platform for third party developers
- Unlimited OneDrive storage with every Office 365 subscription
Opening up Office 365 can only add value to consumers and simultaneously keep Microsoft relevant with developers. This is an urgent priority in a mobile world where Windows is a minority; Office 365 on the other hand cuts across all operating systems and devices.
Unlimited OneDrive storage makes Office 365 more attractive than ever; it addresses the competition in both cloud storage and free office programs.
For Microsoft, keeping Office a productivity standard is the next best thing to a Windows monopoly.