Reuters just published a 'news' item,, more of an analysis than a news item...'Is Microsoft's Office Becoming More Like Windows?'
"...the company's broader strategy is to make Office must-have software by opening up its technologies and fostering a community of developers to build programs based on it.
This "platform strategy" proved the making of Windows by spawning new ideas for features and services.
"Raikes wanted to get Office into that mode as well," said Rob Helm, research director at Directions on Microsoft, a Kirkland company that tracks the software maker.
To that end, Microsoft will hold its first-ever developers conference for Office in early February at its Redmond headquarters. It estimates attendance at about 600.
..."When you have 400 million people using Microsoft Office every day, it provides a lot of incentive for developers to use that capability," Raikes said." More...