My afternoon train reads:

• Tech Stocks Are Cheapest in Seven Years (Bloomberg) see also Placing The Current Rally In Perspective (The Fast Pitch)
• What If We Never Run Out of Oil? (Atlantic)
• Market’s $20 Trillion Yielding 1% Shows Austerity Mistaken (Bloomberg) vs Starving the Beast (Economix)
• Legal marijuana’s all-cash business and secret banking (CNNMoney)
• Justice O’Connor: Maybe Bush V. Gore Was A Mistake (Talking Points Memo)
• The grad student who exposed Reinhart and Rogoff: They still can’t get their facts straight (Quartz) see also The mysterious powers of Microsoft Excel (BBC)
• Why Publishers Love Twitter & Not Facebook (priceonomics)
• Why Polluters Should Pay You To Fix Climate Change (Fast Company)
• Joe Manchin is not done with gun control. Does it matter? (Washington Post) see also What if the Tsarnaevs have been the “Boston Shooters”? (The New Yorker)
• 66 Behind the Scenes Pics from The Empire Strikes Back (imgur)

What are you reading?

 

Its 2013 — and there is STILL no MS Office for iPad or Android! What its MSFT waiting for?
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Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

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10 Responses to “10 Monday PM Reads”

  1. chartist says:

    I don’t really care about gun control…..In fact, when the crackers discover they’ve been had by the money changers of Manhattan, it’s going to get really interesting. Unfortunately, I won’t live to see the finale as that’s 50 years into the future. But you can bet one thing, Versailles is going to get replayed in America.

  2. hue says:

    Just Say It, Sandra O’Connor (NPR)

    On retired Justice O’Connor telling Terry Gross she doesn’t regret her vote in Bush v. Gore
    Jeffrey Toobin: “To know Justice O’Connor as I am privileged to do is to know that the word ‘regret’ never passes her lips. She is a forward-looking person. She is a Westerner. She is someone who is always thinking about the future, and it’s one of the absolutely great things about her. Did she regret her vote in Bush v. Gore? Did she regret the Bush presidency? You bet she did, and you bet she does. The war in Iraq. The war on terror. John Ashcroft as attorney general. The Terri Schiavo case. All of these things filled Justice O’Connor with revulsion, and you can be sure that her vote in Bush v. Gore weighs on her mind. Now, regret it? Saying she regretted it? Did she regret it? You bet.”

  3. Mike in Nola says:

    Re: Office on iPad and Android tablets

    The latest rumor is that the iPad won’t see a version of Office til late 2014. And why should MSFT produce one? Last I heard, Apple is not exactly offering to waive its cut of an IOS version of Office. If Apple’s tablet share continues to decline (in % terms), Apple may be a little more amenable to bargaining.

    Moreover, another reason for the delay making the rounds is that MSFT wants to give Windows tablets a chance to catch on and a free or low cost copy of Office is certainly a selling point. It also bolsters the business appeal. Why give people a reason to buy iPads instead of Windows tablets? As the chart above shows, they are catching on a little compared to the 0 market share last year. But there is a good ways to go. If the share increases to something respectable and Apple plays nicely, I imagine they may move up the release date..

    • Chad says:

      Office may slowly begin to struggle going forward. There are rumblings that companies are seriously considering ditching Office for Google Docs. I for one won’t be paying the yearly fee for the new Office when I can just use Google Docs on my home computer.

      Windows tablets are always going to be on shaky ground until they can penetrate the phone market, which they completely missed. People care more about tablet compatibality with their phone than with their desktop/laptop.

  4. Mike in Nola says:

    Looks like what I’ve mentioned about Apple copying the Windows Phone interface (the forerunner of Windows 8 Metro) may well come to pass:

    http://9to5mac.com/2013/04/29/jony-ive-paints-a-fresh-yet-familiar-look-for-ios-7/

    Will we still continue to hear from the fanbois about how behind the times MSFT is?

  5. bear_in_mind says:

    “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” Well, we ran out of dinosaurs, didn’t we? Yeah okay, I know oil is made from millions of years of detritus from plants, insects, reptiles, etc., not just dinos, but everything is finite. Ultimately, we’ll probably deplete clean water supplies long before we’ve exhausted oil reserves.

  6. socaljoe says:

    There are several iPad apps for running cloud based virtual Windows.

    • Mike in Nola says:

      Yes, some the higher end versions of Windows are accessible through the remote desktop protocol and I hear on podcasts of nerds using their iPads to run remote desktops from their other machines. It’s perfectly doable. So, it could be used in some of these remote setups if an employer wants to set it up; It’s a matter of support. That’s another advantage of Windows tablets which are remotely manageable, from what software they are running to what apps are installed to what level of network security is required to connect to the corporate network. These all tend to be problematic on consumer-oriented devices.

  7. socaljoe says:

    “When will the world’s supply of oil be exhausted?” asked the MIT economist Morris Adelman, perhaps the most important exponent of this view. “The best one-word answer: never.” Effectively, energy supplies are infinite.

    I’m sorry, but I will have to disagree with my fellow alumnus… when energy return on energy invested (EROEI) drops below 1, we are effectively out of oil… no matter how much remains underground.

    Funny how many economists assume a higher price will always bring about more supply, while engineers and scientists tend to recognize there are technical limitations to the supply of natural resources.

  8. mrflash818 says:

    re: “Its 2013 — and there is STILL no MS Office for iPad or Android! What its MSFT waiting for?”

    In my opinion MSFT is not waiting for anyone.

    Just use something like LibreOffice ( http://www.libreoffice.org/ ) or Open Office ( http://www.openoffice.org/ ) instead.