Why Microsoft Continues Going Strong

One of my clients is pretty heavily reliant on Macs. This is fine by me… when I’m in the office. But it’s kind of difficult to look at Keynote files from my home PC.

Keynote, to the unaware, is an excellent presentation program. It’s part of iWork, which is Apple’s answer to Microsoft Office. Keynote is the parallel to PowerPoint. In fact, it’s *better* than PowerPoint (though to be fair, I haven’t had a chance to experiment with PowerPoint 2008).

And yet: PowerPoint wins, I argue, because Microsoft makes Office for Macs.

Seriously. Keynote is great. Why can’t Apple make it for Windows machines? To force people to buy their computers? Wouldn’t their software stand a better chance of competing against Office if they were cross-platform?