I don't know. I think they've left it too late.erika wrote:if SoftMaker releases beta iPhone and iPad version in April, that would still make sense.
Assume SoftMaker Office for iPhone and iPad is 20$ which is decent price compared to iWorks ($30). If you can sell to 30 million subscribers, you can easily make 30 mio x 20$ = 600 mio$ revenue for the first year. Then make maintenance subscription for 10$/year. Now you have 300 mio$ cash cow!
I love Softmaker Office and I promote how wonderful it is every time the subject of office apps comes up but, having seen iWork already suitably optimised for the touchscreen experience, I have to say that if it was $20 for Softmaker or $30 for iWork on the iPad, I'd still be leaning towards iWork.
I can't see how Softmaker could possibly have a product that is comparable to iWork by April, even if they were working on it now. All it would be is a straight port which, while it would fulfill its functions, it'd be a league away from what iWork can be seen doing *today*.
I truly hope that Softmaker are able to pull a cat out of the bag but, honestly, I don't think it's likely. For a year they've made no indication that they're even remotely interested in the iPhone/iPod Touch platform. If it had already been available and established in the AppStore, then they would at least steal a march. But comparing Softmaker as it is today with iWork on the iPad and, I'm afraid to say, Softmaker would not win that battle.