A lot has changed over the last 15 years:
- 1997: Microsoft's commitment to support Mac Office (along with an Apple investment) was seen as pivotal to Apple's survival.
- 2012: Microsoft Office for iOS will have to be feature-truncated (as with the Kindle client for iOS) to avoid Apple's iOS in-app purchase model.
"Sources familiar with the ongoing negotiations between Apple and Microsoft tell AllThingsD that the companies are at loggerheads not over the 30 percent commission Apple asks of storage upgrade sales made through SkyDrive, but over applying that same commission to Office 365 subscriptions sold through Microsoft Office for iOS, which is expected to launch sometime next year."Exclusive: Microsoft Pressing Apple to Take a Smaller Cut on Sales - John Paczkowski - Mobile - AllThingsD