The Microsoft logo is seen before the start of a media event in San Francisco, California on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
The Microsoft logo is seen before the start of a media event in San Francisco, California on Thursday, March 27, 2014. - 
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As of today, iPad users can download a version of Microsoft Office. This is something the company resisted for years, as it maintained a “closed system.” If you wanted to use Microsoft Office on a tablet, you needed a Microsoft tablet.

According to Colin Gillis, with BGC Financial, Microsoft’s reversal speaks to a broader trend. “It’s always going to be a battle between closed and open systems, but certainly in terms of market share, open systems win,” he says.

 

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