Microsoft often speaks about the “transformation” that it is undergoing in its transition to the cloud. But I sometimes wonder if Office will be left behind in this transition.
Yes, Office is technically better poised for this transition than Windows because it is available cross-platform: Microsoft makes a full desktop version of Office available on the Mac, and there are mobile versions of the big Office apps on Windows 10, Android, and iOS, and on the web. But Office still suffers from the underlying problem of the “mobile first, cloud first” world. Which is that, as people move to ever-more mobile devices, they become used to simpler and more consumer-focused apps and services. And in this world, Microsoft no longer commands the cachet it had in the desktop PC world.