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Microsoft Office For iPad Vs. iWork Vs. Google

Microsoft's Office for iPad wins praise from productivity software users, but is it right for you? We compare the free alternatives from Apple and Google.
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Microsoft Word: Familiar and powerful.If you like Word on the PC, you'll probably be pretty happy with Word for iPads. Impressively, the app is both instantly familiar to users of other versions of Office, yet also wholly an iPad app. The ribbon interface adds surprisingly little clutter, with a clean interface and touch-friendly icons, but offers a deep set of tools. Most tasks, from changing fonts to inserting a picture or shape, require three or fewer taps. Business-critical features such as track changes are not only included, but closely resemble the desktop versions. Office for iPad also backs up documents in the cloud, providing extra assurance. When you create a new document, the app provides easy ways to save documents, either locally or to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint accounts. Once files are saved, however, file management options are limited.

Microsoft Word: Familiar and powerful.
If you like Word on the PC, you’ll probably be pretty happy with Word for iPads. Impressively, the app is both instantly familiar to users of other versions of Office, yet also wholly an iPad app. The ribbon interface adds surprisingly little clutter, with a clean interface and touch-friendly icons, but offers a deep set of tools. Most tasks, from changing fonts to inserting a picture or shape, require three or fewer taps. Business-critical features such as track changes are not only included, but closely resemble the desktop versions. Office for iPad also backs up documents in the cloud, providing extra assurance. When you create a new document, the app provides easy ways to save documents, either locally or to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint accounts. Once files are saved, however, file management options are limited.

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6/22/2014 | 9:49:12 AM
ipad charger
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Pal014
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Pal014,
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6/20/2014 | 9:09:38 AM
Re: Compatibility
In my opinion, OS environment is the tie-breaker. I use all Oses and on Android and Windows, I have more options for opening, editing and sharing documents than on IOS. On Android particularly, the back button is a productivity gain over others. Mobile apps have many limitations versus Windows or Mac apps. For true productivity, a laptop cannot be surpassed.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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6/18/2014 | 6:19:35 AM
Re: Compatibility
That's part of the limitations of working on a mobile device. Of course you can't expect to have all the features of the desktop version of the software, but I think with time and with more tweaks, the experience they're giving users is pretty good already.
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6/17/2014 | 2:41:13 PM
Re: Compatibility
As someone who works with just about every platform, one of my biggest issues is that I still view iOS as a consumption platform, rather than a device running Windows which makes it easier to actually create office documents.  The ability for users to create meaningful content on a device such as presentations, rich text documents, has definitely hindered iOS adoption from a tablet perspective, especially in environments which are standardized on Microsoft Office.
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6/17/2014 | 2:08:24 PM
Re: Compatibility
Sooner or later, you'll run into a richly formatted Microsoft Word document that you won't be able to read properly, or read at all. Gaining access to it through other means will be such a schedule-buster that you might very well consider Office for iPad, whether you originally planned to or not.
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6/17/2014 | 12:01:23 PM
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