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Microsoft Office Mobile: Right For You?
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Joe Stanganelli
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11/18/2014 | 10:45:14 AM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
I have a Bluetooth keyboard that comes in handy in a pinch when I need to type up some in-depth notes quickly, but for -writing- and entire document, something like Dragon Dictation might be handier.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/18/2014 | 10:43:38 AM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
Certainly.  The point of Office, for me, isn't to create stuff independently on my mobile devices; it's to seamlessly work with the documents I create on my regular old-fashioned computers.  For me, it's the two-way compatibility that's important.
Michael Endler
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11/17/2014 | 1:26:28 PM
Re: SoftMaker Office HD
Thanks for the tip, Sandworm. I haven't tried SoftMaker but will have to check it out.
Michael Endler
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11/17/2014 | 1:25:14 PM
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"If you use MS Office on a Windows desktop and have a non-Windows mobile device, Office is still the best choice. The transition is now nearly seamless across multiple devices with OneDrive and Dropbox shared storage."

Indeed. While I'm sure some people with specific needs might quibble over what's "best," I've found it's quite useful to have Office on both my iPad and PC. The idea of using an iPad to compose an entire article sort of terrifies me, but I really like being able to move between devices for tweaks, proofreading, etc.
Joe Stanganelli
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11/17/2014 | 3:42:06 AM
Re: Office for Mac
On the one hand, the "why did they move this?" attitude is something that most companies face when they undergo a UX change (Facebook and Netflix are notable in this regard).


On the other hand, I HATE THAT @#$%*^& RIBBON!!!
Joe Stanganelli
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11/17/2014 | 3:38:49 AM
Mobile Office
I'm actually looking forward to trying this out.  I tried to download these apps onto my phone last week but couldn't get them to load/work for some reason.

I think mobile Powerpoint would be especially useful -- particularly being able to control and change slides mid-presentation from my phone.
Michael Endler
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11/16/2014 | 10:58:54 PM
Re: Office for Mac
Indeed, that's a constant tension for Microsoft-- negotiating its need to move forward, and its need to support its massive existing user base. "Why did they move this?" has been a frequent complaint for recent versions of Office. Some people still lament the ribbon. It's one of the pitfalls of Microsoft's success. When you have more than one billion users, some of them are going to want to move fast and break things, and some are going to say, "This is great, don't change it" about decade-old products.
Michael Endler
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11/16/2014 | 7:42:05 PM
Re: Office for Mac
Ha ha, not sure I agree! I've always found it a bit slower and buggier than concurrently-available versions of Office for Windows. But I guess you didn't like some of the relatively recent UI changes in Windows versions?


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