This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 14th June 2013

Office finally arrives on iPhone
Microsoft Office finally arrives on iPhone. After much deliberation Microsoft has ported over Office to Apple’s popular mobile platform. The App is free but there are several caveats to be aware of; currently the App is only available in America and only on the iPhone with no iPad support yet. In addition the App is reliant on a paid Office 365 subscription. If you meet all these requirements you can now use the ‘real’ office experience on your phone. It’s a bold move and with Office being subscription free on their own Windows Phone 8 platform they are in no danger of losing one of their biggest mobile advantages.

Google buys Waze for $1.1 Billion
Google has purchased social-mapping company Waze for the high price of $1.1 Billion this week. Following the purchase Waze has spoken out that “We are excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team”. Although both services should see benefits from working with the other, naturally Google has big plans with making Google Maps more social to secure their lead in the mapping market. The key to success with this is making the new functionality easy to use, without taking away from the current services millions use and to provide it on as many devices as possible.

When big buy-outs go bad
Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is still proud of Palms work on their webOS smartphone and tablet operating system, which was later purchased by HP for $1 billion. However shortly after the purchase and release of HPs first WebOS device, they abandoned the platform altogether. Jon Rubinstein now admits his regret of the sale of Palm to HP calling it a ‘wasted opportunity’. Not all buy-outs have happy outcomes for either party, and with light of similarly priced recent acquisitions this should show as a warning for big buy-outs.

Apple unveils iOS 7 to a mixed response
The first major change to the iPhone was at this year’s WWDC as Apple showed off for the first time iOS 7, which is the next iteration of the operating system that powers the company’s popular iPhone and iPad. Both the graphical interface and how you interact with the device has changed dramatically, which may make more than a few users double take at their phones new appearance. Users will have no option to roll back to how their system worked before. Apple could have another ‘apple maps-fiasco‘ on their hands which stopped users upgrading and purchasing new devices when it was forced on users in their last big update.