grovbergian, on 09 January 2013 - 02:44 PM, said:
I like you all very much, but the levels of hubris here are astounding. You don't use Office very much any more? MUST BE IRRELEVANT! It's like a person assuming rain no longer exists because it hasn't rained at their house in a week.
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.
Nobody here said that MS Office is irrelevant. I still spend a lot of time with it too. It is just that I have serious doubts that MS Office for iOS will be satisfactory.
Have you used MS Office on a tablet? I have, both on tablets and convertibles, as far back as 10 years go. It works very well with a stylus, but was slow for data entry, because either you are writing digital notes and depending on conversion or because you have to use the on-screen keyboard. Being that iOS is a finger touch system, the interface is going to get seriously dumbed down. Just look at other apps out that offer office type solutions to see it won't be the same MS Office you know. iOS apps are no substitute for the real thing and getting things done efficiently. Some reviews and small edits. Yes, but, creation, serious editing and mass data will remain the domain of the notebook & desktop for the foreseeable future. That doesn't mean the big corporate departments won't adopt it. At the same time, many companies have moved on to other systems. Time will tell.