Office for iOS may be coming, but does it really matter?
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:33 AM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:20 AM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:44 AM
I do use Keynote and Numbers a lot, and Pages occasionally, but only because I'm still learning Scrivner, and Scrivner doesn't let you make "pretty" documents.
Heck, I've dropped most of the Adobe Creative Suite! Flash is gone (after learning Actionscript - huh, and people talk about Applescript!) Illustrator is here, Photoshop and Lightroom are pretty much the big programs I use now, along with Filemaker Pro Advanced.
No need for Word, Excel, what was Access again? Outlook? Oh, yeah, I do need that one - once our IT department upgrades Exchange Server 2003 to something that works with Macs. Microsoft Office is to Apple as IBM's OS/2 was to Windows 15 years ago. Dead, just not everybody knows it yet.
And I just noticed the "Related Stories" thing has an icon of the Macalope. The furry one related to a story by John Moltz. Hmmm...
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:16 PM
But because I have to interact with people in midsize to large companies, everything needs to be MS Office. It's the only way I've found that ensures compatibility between Mac and PC documents. Tried Open Office and Neo Office and was disappointed in the performance, compatibility or both. I have yet to try iWork, but was thinking of trying Keynote for those rare times when I do have to create a presentation. Forget printing software: creating presentations in PowerPoint is my definition of hell!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:20 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:44 PM
There are Fortune 500 companies where every single person there spends 40 hours a week using Office. These people wildly outnumber the tech journalists who are constantly talking about how irrelevant Office is anymore. Sales of Office are STILL GROWING and I can not count how many times I've had to have the "No, there really isn't a version of Office for the iPad your boss bought you as a nice end-of-year bonus. Yes, I understand that your whole job involves using MS Office, therefore making the iPad kind of useless." conversation every single time I do any kind of iPad instruction. They are stunned, because to them, that's the primary function of a computer.
Assuming that just because you are interested, that no one else will be either isn't analysis—it's hubris.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:09 PM
I have 30 employees and not one of them uses Office for documents -- and 80 percent of them work on iPads as their primary writing instrument.
The only expenditure that I keep getting across my desk week after week is for iPad-compatible bluetooth keyboards.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:15 PM
The real prize (at the time) was the continued development of Office for Mac but that was not much of a sacrifice on MS's part. Though they didn't sell the Mac version anywhere near the numbers of the PC version, they DID make more profit off the Mac version, so they were not giving much up to make that commitment. And they weren't really in a position to refuse.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:20 PM
What? You mean this horde of people never saw the myriad articles and reports on how the iPad is only good for entertainment? And how sad that you know so many people of limited intelligence and experience, who never heard of the internet or digital media, etc.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:15 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:00 PM
Well put. If M$ is willing to code it, iOS users should be able buy it (from anywhere they choose) and to run it. Without permission from anyone!
This post has been edited by ingus: 09 January 2013 - 05:01 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:22 PM
I agree with previous poster in that my personal computing hell is creating presentations in PowerPoint. I MUCH prefer working in Keynote. PowerPoint is one frustration after another for me.
I also agree that rather than print, I send PDF files to the people I work with. I rarely send .doc files. Excel is the only app in Office that I prefer to the iWorks package.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:56 PM
As much as I've tried to love Numbers, it just doesn't have the power of Excel. Being able to add VBA functions to spreadsheets make them much more powerful.
I'm disappointed that Apple hasn't kept improving iWork and even more disappointed that they dropped AppleWorks altogether. AppleWorks integrated word processing, spreadsheets, drawing and painting AND databases more beautifully than anything I have seen since.
AppleWorks on the iPad -- FTW! And while I'm at it, let's have HyperCard, too!