MS Office is Coming to the iPad!

Microsoft Office 365 logoMicrosoft is finally bringing Office to the iPad.

I know this doesn’t qualify as earth-shaking news, but I’m uber glad to see it.

The discussion in the news articles questioned why Microsoft would release a product that benefits its rival tablet maker, Apple. The answer — at least to me — is obvious. It looks like this: $$$$.

Everytime Microsoft sells another copy of Office, it makes $$$$.

Whatever the reasoning that took place inside Microsoft, I’m glad to see the decision. I’m not so sure about buying a subscription service instead of just buying the app outright. Since that’s the only way I can get Office for my iPad, I may take a pass. The free stuff that Apple offers, coupled with iCloud, seems to be working just fine for my needs.

But if you need Office to do your work, it’s a no-brainer.

Office for the iPad: What will they think of next?

From CBS:

One of the most epic tech rivalries around has taken another twist. Microsoft officially launched Office for Apple’s iPad on Thursday, after holding out against the competitor’s iconic tablet for almost four years.

Microsoft’s new CEO, Sayta Nadella, ushered in a new era for the company by promising to focus more on the popular mobile devices.

Nadella made his first major public appearance as CEO at Thursday’s event, and said he felt rejuvenated after his 22 years at the company,.

“You see things from a fresh set of eyes and fresh perspective,” Nadella told a crowd of reporters gathered for the announcement in San Francisco.

When former CEO Steve Ballmer was in charge, a Windows-centric view dominated the company’s decision-making process. In making such a paradigm shift, Nadella is betting that Microsoft can win back some of the business professionals that now run competing productivity apps on the popular tablet,reports CNET.

The new Microsoft Office apps will allow iPad users to edit and create documents, spreadsheets and presentations — for a price. With the “freemium” download, users will be allowed to view a document or presentation without needing a paid subscription. However, in order to edit or create a document, users will need a subscription to Office 365.

An iPad that won’t connect to wifi is just a pad.

My new iPad sucks. The legislator who sits across from me also has a new iPad. His sucks, too.

Why?

Because they will not connect to the House of Representatives' wifi.

My scratched and battered iPad Gen 1 connects to the House wifi like it was born to do it. (Which, I believe it was.) However the newer model appears to be pickier about who it associates with. It will connect to my home wifi without a quibble. But at work, my lovely aluminum piece of tech art is not an iPad, it's just a pad.

I have never pondered the uselessness of an iPad that won't go on the internet until recently. Before I got stuck with one, I never considered the possibility of an internetless iPad, not anymore than I spent time day-dreaming about the possibilities of tap-dancing ducks. It just didn't seem likely. Now that I have experienced it, I have to admit that I think a tap-dancing duck would be more useful than an internet free iPad.

I use these things to read bills, follow the agenda on the House floor, check my email and write short to longish memos and notes. My iPad is a life-saver at work. In fact, the reason I own an iPad is because they are so great for a legislator's job. I would rather have an iPad than a computer while on the House floor any day.

But, when it won't connect to the House wifi, all that usefulness goes bye-bye. An iPad without the internet is ok if you want to watch movies, listen to music and write things that you plan to print or email later. In other words, an iPad without the internet is great for ocean or continent-crossing flights. But while we're voting on bills in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, (which is why I own the thing) it's worthless.

I gather from reading about it on the internet, that Apple has been trying to fix this little problem for quite some time now. My advice to them is to crank up the effort. Without the internet, their shiny toy rapidly loses its sheen.

In the meantime, I'm going back to my elderly Gen 1 iPad. If they don't get this fixed soon, I'll see if I can find someone dumb enough to buy an iPad that won't go on the internet.

I miss you Steve Jobs.

 


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