Tag Archive for ‘Office’

The 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Can Use Microsoft Office for Free ➝

Mark Hachman, writing for Macworld:

What Microsoft settled on to divide mobile and desktop users was screen size: specifically 10.1 inches. Anything smaller than that and users can pretty much do anything they want with the appropriate iOS, Windows, or Android app, including creating, editing, or sharing documents. But if you’re using the Office apps on a device whose primary screen is larger than 10.1 inches, Microsoft won’t let you create a new document, just edit and view an Office document created elsewhere.

That leaves the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as the only Apple tablet that doesn’t get to use this loophole.

Thoughts on Office for iPad ➝

Jim Dalrymple on Microsoft’s recent release of Office for iPad:

Microsoft is about four years late in solving a problem for users. The suite of apps should have been released near the introduction of the original iPad in order for it to have a full impact. Unfortunately, the delay gave—or forced—users to find an alternative. And they did—iWork.

Microsoft is too late to the party to make any waves. Four years is an eternity in software development — people have moved on and found alternatives and I doubt Microsoft is going to convert anyone other than large companies that are already invested in the Office ecosystem.

Microsoft Office and the iPad 3 Keynote ➝

Jim Dalrymple:

Apple likes to highlight cool software for the device it’s introducing, so why not Office? It would be more beneficial for Microsoft than Apple, but still I think Apple would give them a place at the keynote.

No matter how beneficial Office for iPad would be to Microsoft, Apple would give it a spot in the keynote. Apple would make 30% on every copy of Office sold and they’d sell a lot more iPads if Office was available for it.

The only downside from Apple’s perspective is that Microsoft would get to show off a piece of tablet software during Apple’s event with Microsoft set to release a more tablet-savvy version of Windows later this year. But, I think the iPad has enough of a foothold in the market for Apple to feel a little less worried about giving Microsoft the “free” advertising.

‘Windows 8 is a Fundamentally Flawed Response to the iPad’ ➝

John Gruber:

Apple’s radical notion is that touchscreen personal computers should make severely different tradeoffs than traditional computers — and that you can’t design one system that does it all. Windows 8 is trying to have it all, and I don’t think that can be done.

I completely agree. If Microsoft built Windows 8 from the ground up, only offering the tile-based interface and touch-specific applications, they’d have a serious competitor to iOS. Switching between applications built for touch and applications built for a keyboard and mouse is too drastic of a change for most users to experience on the same device.

Microsoft should build Windows Phone 7 up and release Office for it, rather than try to convince users that the Microsoft Office they’ve been using on desktop computers for years, also works well with a touch interface, because it doesn’t.

I also love this bit here towards the beginning, talking about Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, HP CEO Leo Apotheker, and Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s president of Windows and Windows Live:

There’s no denying that all three of their companies are now following Apple’s lead in mobile computing. If not for the existence and success of iOS, Nokia wouldn’t be in trouble (and thus, Elop wouldn’t even be its CEO), HP wouldn’t have bought Palm (and Palm wouldn’t have come up with WebOS), and Windows 8’s innovations wouldn’t primarily revolve around how it looks and works on thin touchscreen tablets.

This reminds me of a conversation between my cousin, Torin, and I that seems to come up nearly every time we talk. It usually goes something like this:

Me: “If Apple hadn’t made the iPhone, I would be using a webOS device. Hands down.”
Torin: “If Apple hadn’t made the iPhone, webOS wouldn’t even exist.”