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2/22/2014
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Michael Endler
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Microsoft Office For iPad: Do It Right

Microsoft can't just force old favorites onto a new user interface. Office apps for iPad must be more touchable.
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Microsoft Office needs a better touch-oriented user interface to succeed on tablets.
Microsoft Office needs a better touch-oriented user interface to succeed on tablets.

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Stratustician
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2/22/2014 | 2:14:08 PM
The biggest hurdle to iPad adoption
As much as I would have loved to see Microsoft Office remain off the iPad for competitive reasons, the reality is that there are more iPads in organizations than just about any other tablet.  Until now, I would see my colleagues kloogy presentations and documents together based on web-based tools and third party applications, but really it's not where it needs to be for business.  With Microsoft Office for iPad, it could be the final barrier to standardizing iPad as a solid business tablet (Sorry Microsoft), since it would change the iPad from being a consumption device to an actual creation tool.  Great news for productivity and mobile workers, and a great step in the movement towards BYOD/CYOD.  But yes, it has to be done right.
jagibbons
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2/24/2014 | 7:46:59 PM
Re: The biggest hurdle to iPad adoption
I believe Microsoft can do it right with Office. They did a great job with OneNote for the iPad (and Android as well). While it doesn't contain everything that the Office version contains, it contains enough to make using OneNote on the iPad a good experience with notes that flow seamlessly from iOS to Windows. The rest of the suite might be more complicated, but OneNote for iOS tells me it's possible.
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2/27/2014 | 8:10:12 PM
Re: The biggest hurdle to iPad adoption
@ Stratustician, what makes you think MS Office can change the nature of the iPad?  I agree a great version of MS Office would help the iPad be better accepted and useful in the enterprise (without having to fill the gaps with some many third party products), standardized as you say (except that has already happened in many organizations).  You give MS Office way too much credit if you think it can change "iPad from being a consumption device to an actual creation tool."
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2/28/2014 | 11:04:21 PM
Re: The biggest hurdle to iPad adoption
I think that the ipad is largely underrated as a creation tool. I know many people who use it to generate content, especially using bluetooth keyboards to go with them to make typing a more reasonable proposition. I'd hazard a guess (with no scientific basis for my claim) that the iPad is probably the tablet with the most creation done on it. Argue away :) 
jgherbert
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2/28/2014 | 11:24:21 PM
Windows 8 All Over Again
I love this comment from the analyst:

 

He reiterated the point this week in an interview. "To some extent, I need two applications for each [interface] I use," Silver said, "a touch-friendly one, and then a desktop one for more detailed work."


 

Doesn't that sound exactly like the problems that Windows 8 has been facing? "One operating system" but with two distinct interface needs.
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