iPad copies Windows 8 multitasking

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Windows 8.1 has many operating system advantages compared to iOS, in fact they are tremendous. Windows 8.1 is a fully fledged operating system, being the most versatile OS in the world. Microsoft’s Surface 2 which is Microsoft’s answer to the iPad is running Windows RT, which is Windows 8.1 but without the ability to install additional desktop apps, thus enabling PC-like functionality with the addition of a USB 3.0, true multitasking, multiple user accounts, mouse connectivity and general driver capability which enables printer and peripheral support. This allows Surface 2 to be a productivity machine and a media consumption device.

Apple’s iPad is designed differently with a purely mobile operating system. iOS is identical in functionality to the iPhone giving it mainly a screen size advantage. iOS isn’t built with the features mentioned above that the Surface 2 provides, making it primarily a media consumption device.

Up until now, Microsoft enjoyed its dominant lead in operating system functionality, but iOS is starting to learn and adapt to this world where functionality is becoming more important on tablets. With the recent release of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, iOS itself has been the biggest limiting factor for this highly productive software. Not being able to truly multitask and run two apps side-by-side is a deal breaker for many who are trying to be productive on the iPad, especially when using Office, now that it has been downloaded 27 million times.

Apple’s new iOS 8 which is expected to be announced soon, is taking a page out of Microsoft’s book by finally enabling two apps to run side-by-side just like on the Surface 2. In fact, it looks identical in the way screen real estate can be adjusted with a slider between the two apps running simultaneously. Not only that, but Apple is trying to enable the two apps running simultaneously to interact more easily by enabling photos, text, videos and images to be shared from one app to the other. This of course would require developers to update their apps to work in this manner, but Apple is working to enable developers with the tools to make this a reality.

Microsoft has just released a marketing video demonstrating its multitasking advantage in hopes of achieving better sales for people who desire productivity on their tablets, before Apple releases iOS 8 and lets the world know they can multitask too.


source: 9to5mac

Microsoft announces 27 Million downloads of Office for iPad in 6 weeks

office_for_ipadMicrosoft has recently released three of its Office apps for iPad users, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  This morning the General Manager of Microsoft’s Office Division Julia White has announced that Office for iPad has been downloaded 27 million times since its launch on March 27th.

Microsoft previously announced that Office for iPad has been downloaded 12 million times in the launch week.  The way Office for iPad works is that user can download the free apps but in order to edit, print, or create a document, an Office 365 subscription is required.  The free versions provide the ability  to only view documents.  On the other hand, Microsoft’s Surface tablets have the full fledged version of Office  preinstalled and it doesn’t require a subscription.  We don’t have any official numbers from Microsoft on how many Office 365 subscriptions were activated due to this iPad release, but we can expect that this number has definitely increased.

Office 365 has been a runaway success since its release and before the iPad version came to Apple’s App store.  Microsoft has officially announced in their Q1 2014 earnings report, that there are already 4.4 million Office 365 Home subscribers, and an additional 1 million users were added that quarter.

In the commercial sector Office 365 is already a major success and commercial seats have almost doubled in the last year.

source: Microsoft-News

Microsoft Office for iPad Review – Productivity finally comes to iOS

 

This is a happy time for iPad users as Microsoft has finally released office for iPad, well, not the complete suite, but 3 of the most popular apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  OneNote was previously released is and part of the suite as the fourth office app, however Outlook is not available.  Office has been and still is today, the standard productivity software suite the world uses, as over a billion people are running this software, that’s 1 in every seven people on this planet.  As the world moves to the cloud, Microsoft being the second largest cloud provider behind Amazon looks to further embrace it with bringing in more iPad users, in hopes of having additional subscribers to office 365.   For those of that don’t know, Apples iCloud service is actually running on Microsoft Azure platform and Amazons cloud service.

iPad user can now feel more productive on their tablets, but to actually edit and create documents you will need an office 365 subscription.  Without an Office 365 subscription you are only able to view your documents.  An office 365 subscription will cost you $99/year which will give you the ability to run the latest version of Office on up to five PC’s, Windows 8 tablets, iPad and Macs. Microsoft throws in an extra bonus, such as offering extra OneDrive storage making this a pretty sweet deal.  OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) is able to store all of your documents, photos, files and Video’s which can sync across any device, enabling Office 365 subscribers to sync their documents across all of their devices.  However you can chose to save the files on you device, starting a document on one device, and continuing it on another feels absolutely amazing.

We tested our documents created on a PC which and as we opened them on the iPad, the format remained the same, in the past iPad users were able to use 3rd party alternatives for opening Office documents but it led to disrupting the original format which was unacceptable.

Word

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Word works great and has tons of features, Microsoft has selected the most popular templates for you to choose from and start creating documents.  The layout is touch friendly while having lots of capabilities and being familiar to iPad users. Inserting photos is simple and as you move it around you can adjust the position for it that you prefer as the texts wraps itself around the photo.

Positioning the cursor to the text you want is traditionally not touch friendly, but Microsoft added a neat feature for doing this specific thing.  As you press and hold the screen, a nice zoom effect takes place, it feels like looking through a loop, which allows you to place the cursor much more accurately.  This feature also works with Excel and PowerPoint

PowerPoint

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PowerPoint is easy to use and editing is optimized for touch, moving things around, editing text and creating is extremely well implemented.

Excel

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Excel is also beautifully designed for touch, and Microsoft also includes an Excel custom keyboard which is accessible by tapping the 123 icon, it includes many of the Excel common functions.  As the keyboard pops up the pages are displayed over the keyboard so you’re still able to see and switch between them,

Microsoft has done a fantastic job at implementing its world renowned Office Suite for the iPad, it works naturally and is the real deal.  Office works best when saving documents on OneDrive, as you able to pick up where you left off in your document on another device, as you continue there, it all gets uploaded automatically and you work becomes accessible to you everywhere you go.

However, with the iPad not being a productive machine due to its outdated OS, no cursor support,  and not being able to run two apps side by side, it makes using this software much less productive. If you’re trying to read of off something as you write at the same time, or maybe need to be on a Skype call as your working, using Office on the iPad can be a very frustrating experience, it’s meant to be used on its own.

Office is truly well done and implemented on the iPad, it’s a shame that IOS is holding it back so much, making it usable for much simpler tasks rather than the productivity software its meant to be, but then again, this is an iPad.  Using a keyboard on the iPad is a better experience when it comes to using Office but without a trackpad productivity is still degraded.  We are surprisingly impressed by what Office can achieve with these limitations, but you are buying a tablet to use Office, Microsoft’s Surface tablet is the way to go, hands down, it offers this suite in its original fully featured form, it is also free and is not tied to a subscription, it comes with Outlook and doesn’t have the restrictions IOS does.  For those of you who wish to use the iPad, this is the best productivity experience available on this device and it only get better from this moment on.