Ad­dicted to tablets

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SHARE IT, MAYBE First, Cookie Mon­ster had to deal with cook­ies be­ing classed a ‘‘some­times food’’ and now he’s be­ing asked to share his loot. He takes the news well, how­ever, to the tune of Call Me Maybe. WATCH: http://bit.ly/OzeL4q

It be­came clear Mi­crosoft’s new­est Of­fice suite would be part of its tablet of­fer­ing last week, with all ma­jor pro­grams from Word to Out­look and even Pow­erPoint avail­able for por­ta­ble touch­screens and tra­di­tional mon­i­tors alike.

Mi­crosoft Of­fice cor­po­rate vice-pres­i­dent PJ Hough says the com­pany’s new fo­cus is sim­ply about mov­ing its soft­ware to wher­ever con­sumers want to use it.

‘‘ That used to be sit­ting at your desk, but that’s not the case any more,’’ Hough says.

‘‘ We’re get­ting work done in the air­port, we’re get­ting work done in the car, we’re get­ting work done on the train and at school, we’re get­ting work done at home.’’

Gedda says it’s not sur­pris­ing Mi­crosoft has opted to make Of­fice more in­ter­net­savvy, given both the pop­u­lar­ity of tablets and the rise of Google and Drop­box.

‘‘ There’s def­i­nitely a com­pet­i­tive play here: Mi­crosoft can’t just sit back and al­low cloud ven­dors to eat its lunch, whether that’s Google or Drop­box or even Ap­ple and its iCloud.’’ Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son trav­elled to San Fran­cisco as a guest of Mi­crosoft. Sur­fac­ing: Mi­crosoft’s new tablet com­puter is expected to be avail­able in Aus­tralia next year.

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