AMITIAE - Friday 28 March 2014
Cassandra: Microsoft Office for the iPad Almost Arrives - Too Exclusive for Thai Users
By Graham K. Rogers
The three parts of the suite - Word, Excel and PowerPoint - have apparently been designed from the ground up and the video created for the release looks interesting enough. Word has some excellent features for collaborations and notes which will make it useful for those who need such features. If the Excel on the iPad has 50% of the capability of the desktop versions it will be useful. PowerPoint? Meh.
I have seen too many PP presentations to be anything other than cold towards this, especially as I am a Keynote user and this works fine for me, particularly in terms of integration between devices using iCloud. For much less than $99.99 a year I have considerably more integration between devices and with much more than just iWork.
To be fair, I ought to have a look at this. But I can't. Like The Daily - Murdoch's attempt at international domination on the iPad - it is not available worldwide. The links are here: Word, Excel and PowerPoint. When I try to link to the App Store pages for these I am told they are not available in iTunes here: would I like to go to the US Store?
Other SourcesThere are also a number of other online sources I looked at to get an idea of what Office was like. I was impressed with what they wrote, so wanted a look for myself. My bad. . . .
If it ever arrives here, I will have a look.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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