Office for iPad: Is it any good?
Posted by Nicole Footer
on 9 April 2014
Microsoft has stayed on the sidelines or been a bit player in the tablet and cloud computing revolution we are witnessing. Finally they have come to the party with Word, Excel and Powerpoint iOS apps.
The Good Bits
A polished app, easy to download and install and Free, well only sort of as you can only view documents without a subscription
Menus are optimised for tablets and touchscreens and are intuitive for well versed Word users
Feature rich with far more in them than the competitiors without having the entire desktop versions functionality
Completely compatible with desktop Office versions for seamless transition from one platform to the other
SkyDrive set up and access is quick and easy with access to all existing documents
The Not so Good Bits
You have to have a subscription to Microsoft Cloud service to access editing and creation features. This can be either an existing Office365 account a a $100 inapp subscription purchase
No multi tasking possible, that is only one document can be open at a time. This is more the iPad limitation than the app
Need remote document storage on either SkyDrive or a business server using Sharpoint to access the files so that working offline is difficult. You can leave a document open, work on it offline and then synchronise when you come back online. Means you can only work on one document offline at any time.
Editing is not based in the cloud as with GoogleDocs, so that multiple versions may be edited by multiple users. In a highly collaborative environment this method is clunky and can cause problems.
Locks you into the Microsoft ecosystem further, but if you already use it on the desktop that is not a big problem
Author: Nicole Footer
About: With over 15 years experience in business systems consulting and project management, Nicole is passionate about harnessing technology to work for a business and enable you to work more on your business rather than in your business.