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Gary_EL
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3/29/2014 | 3:26:09 PM
A Seismic Shift for Microsoft
So, Microsoft has finally surrendered to reality. But wiill it be to little and too late to preserve Office's unique place as the premiere Office Suite for all platforms, mobile and otherwise?
ANewNickname
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3/29/2014 | 5:43:47 PM
The catch(es)
To use Excel (and probably everything else), you need iOS 7. I have an original iPad, so it seems I can't use Office at all. I wanted to use it primarily to show Powerpoint presentations, but to use Powerpoint, you need a front-facing camera. God knows why.
awebb199
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3/30/2014 | 11:42:38 AM
Re: A Seismic Shift for Microsoft
Not really much of a shift to ship.  The decision was taken years ago to do a specific Office implementation for iPad.

 
dlavenda
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3/31/2014 | 2:27:35 AM
Office with a Keyboard
One annoying issue with Office of iPad is the lack of screen space when  you use the virtual keyboard. When you use a Bluetooth keyboard however, the device and app become much more useful.
zman5819
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3/31/2014 | 7:44:46 AM
A couiple of alternatives
There are some extremely capable alternatives available.

RollApp.com provides OpenOffice and LibreOffice cloud service. You can use it for free with ads or directly as a paid service for $1.00 per month. You can edit all the documents you want to.

https://www.rollapp.com/
https://www.rollapp.com/libreoffice

The cost is a small fraction of the cost of Office 365 and it can do far more.

Fern app is also available. It allows you to host your own cloud based app server. For example provide the latest LibreOffice for remote access through broswer. It uses h264 for network compression. See the demo.

http://www.fernapp.com/

 

 

 
Thomas Claburn
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3/31/2014 | 5:01:45 PM
Re: A Seismic Shift for Microsoft
I've gotten by without Office on the iPad since the iPad was released. Some people may find the software comforting, but I'm glad to no longer be dependent on it.
Shane M. O'Neill
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3/31/2014 | 6:01:23 PM
The day windows OS died?
"Regardless of whatever new products arrive, Microsoft clearly no longer considers Windows sacrosanct."

This is an important observation. Office on iPad means more symbolically for Microsoft than in practice. Sure, Office on iPad options are great for fine-tuning and will make the Office experience more fluid and democratic via cloud services like Microsoft OneNote and/or Dropbox. That's a good thing.

But on a deeper level, Microsoft is absolutely minimizing the relevance of the Windows OS, the consequences of which we'll see play out in the next few years. But it had to be done, and big kudos to Nadella for bursting Ballmer's reality distortion field bubble.

 

 

 
J_Brandt
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3/31/2014 | 9:03:15 PM
Re: The day windows OS died?
That's a valid point, but I am not sure it's quite the minimization that you think.  The casual user may be able to use Word outside of Windows, but for now the professional wordsmiths, number crunchers and presenters will have to have the main products.
Joe Stanganelli
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3/31/2014 | 11:49:39 PM
Re: The day windows OS died?
I'm not convinced compatibility = minimizing relevance of the OS.  Microsoft software still works most seamlessly in its natural environment.

Besides, I am convinced that the consumer market ultimately drives the enterprise market (what the execs buy for themselves and their families at home ultimately lead those same execs to buy those same devices for the business) -- and gaming still lies in the realm of Windows.
Joe Stanganelli
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3/31/2014 | 11:50:53 PM
Re: A Seismic Shift for Microsoft
I suspect the primary use for Office for iPad is less about original document creation and more about reviewing and editing work from Windows-using colleagues and collaborators.
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