Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Office Package Vs. Quip Suite: Interesting Battle For Enterprise Word Processing Dominance


Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Office package has become a business critical tool for day to day activities of almost every business. Quip is an online collaboration service, dubbed by many as “mobile-first word processor” founded by former Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CTO, Bret Taylor. Quip has recently launched its spreadsheets, which will integrate into the software, rather than operating as a separate software as in Microsoft’s Office package. So Can the Quip Spreadsheet bridge the gap that Microsoft has left between Word and Spreadsheet? Quip CEO, Bret Taylor talked on Fox Business about the latest Quip Spreadsheet.


Taylor said that people’s work habits are changing, just like people started checking email over the phones and he feels that the same change might happen with the productivity suite as well. He added that people are migrating from messaging via email to text messaging through different platforms using mobiles. He said that Quip is gearing up for similar kind of transition in the productivity suite, where people might like to work on word processing software using their mobile or tablets. Quip basically targets to give Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Office experience to the businesses through the mobiles and tablets through its Quip Suite, which now has an integrated spreadsheet as well.

“We really like to do what the iPhone did for smartphones. We would like to do that for the productivity suite. […] You remember the way your BlackBerry felt relative to the way your iPhone feels. We want to kind of bring that simple known structure manual […] integrated beautiful experience into the enterprise,” Taylor said.

Quip is indeed trying to go head on with the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) by pushing their productivity suite into enterprises, by reducing the Microsoft Office usage. Their product is kind of next gen Office package, which might grab attention of many enterprises as well.

Taylor added that almost all the big enterprises has not changed their word processing style for almost 30 years and he feels excited to bring in a new experience to these enterprises. Taylor developed Google Maps under the leadership of current Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) CEO, Marissa Mayer. He mentioned that he learned to make the product design simpler from Mayer. He also developed the ‘like’ button for Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg. He mentioned that he learned to scale the business from Zuckerberg.

He feels that Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) CEO Job is the toughest tech job at the moment, since the company had lost its momentum. He feels that Mayer is the best person for that job.

 As of 30 June 2014, Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management hold around 17.7 million Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares.

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