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Friday, 10 September 2010 12:53

Microsoft misses a good buy out

Written by Nick Farell
microsoft

Rival buys big chunk of  DataViz
Mobile outfit Rim has just bought a big chunk of DataViz, which is famous for making the mobile software app  Documents To Go. In the deal was the insistancethat Rim gets the intellectual property and talent behind the popular app.

Documents To Go is available for various mobile platforms, including iOS, Android and Blackberry.
However it is seen as the best way to use Microsoft Office documents on a mobile device. This means that you have to Wonder what Microsoft was doing when it did not buy this nice little earner.

It also places a cool app in the hands of Microsoft's rivals.  Rim have said that all the talent will have to work on getting a better integration with Blackberry. This means that DataViz will gradually fade from these platforms, which only harms Microsoft.

Yet another reason MS should have bought DataViz is that it would have helped negate Google Docs efforts in this area.

It looks like another own goal for Steve Ballmer on the mobile front.

Nick Farell

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+8 #1 LuxZg 2010-09-10 14:08
Why would MS need some little company to handle Office documents on other platforms? If they want Office on all platforms, they can easily create software themselves. On the other hand, RIM mostly targets business users, so having a well done office app will help them. So makes sense for RIM to buy it, and also makes sense for Microsoft NOT to buy the company. Besides, MS will have Windows Mobile 7 out pretty soon, and it has great Office capabilities. So why would they undermine themselves and buy company to develop Office tools for other platforms? Only thing they could have done was buy it and close it, but that's just throwing money. My point is that there is no point in this article, sorry!
 
 
-2 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-10 15:13
Don't be sorry, you're right.
Constructive criticism is always good.

In my own experience I wouldn't see it as a good buy for MS either, seeing how 3rd party office suites don't really work that well with MS's "open" document formats. I'm thinking at OpenOffice which can't render all the elements present in a word document properly, and probably there are more, even payware suites that don't manage as well. Basically, half-arsed solutions which accessible to less deeper pockets of some businessmen.
 

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