Microsoft wants its software to be pervasive across every gadget and gizmo as the world has opened up to applications that don’t need an expensive PC or a pricey Windows operating system to work.
Microsoft already started to offer Office for the iPad and is understood to have attracted some 10s of millions to the proposition.
And in a further move it wants Apple users on its side, it said it will release Powerpoint, Excel and Word apps not only for the iPhone but for the Android operating system later this year too.
Apps for mobile devices cost only pounds rather than hundreds of pounds but it’s not entirely clear what CEO Satya Nadella’s motives are in spreading the Word around.
What does this mean? According to Phil Gunning, channel manager at the company, channel players have been “victims of complexity. The point of any channel partnership for both parties is to reach more customers.”
He hit out at labels and jargon.
“Customers don’t care whether you’re a gold certified partner or if you’ve sat through hours of vendor training.”
His deProgramme, he claims, will eliminate red tape.
“The vast majority of channel programmes are broken. They’ve been too prescriptive without offering enough individual support or incentive for partners to thrive. Our most successful partners are the ones who work with us and take advantage of our resources to sell more and better support their customers.”
Databarracks will show off its services at Cloud Expo at the horrendous Excel conference centre, later this week.
And Capita, as a result, has introduced a private cloud product called Capita Productivity Hub – yu can get it using the existing Capita Private Cloud infrastructure.
It lets UK customers using Outlook, Lync, Sharepoint, Word, Excel and Powerpoint to increase productivity, Capita claims.
The apps are used in a secure setting with data held in Capita’s UK data centres.
Microsoft man Maurice Martin said his firm is offering people the ability to use hybrid stuff working with local service providers like Capita.