Office for iPad


 

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BOOM – it’s here…Word, Excel & PowerPoint FOR THE IPAD!

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Office for iPad uses a “Freemium” model. It is free to download the app, free to view and present with – to create and/or edit, you will need an Office 365 subscription.

The differences between free & paid are:

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Q: What Office 365 subscription plans include Office for iPad?

A:

  • Office 365 Home
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium
  • Office 365 Midsize Business
  • Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government)
  • Office 365 Education A3 and A4
  • Office 365 ProPlus
  • Office 365 University

The new Office 365 Personal will also qualify when it becomes available later this spring.

Microsoft Kinect Sales Comparisons


Microsoft Kinect has been with us in the UK for 6 days now and 12 in the US. It’s clearly doing very well as Microsoft have revealed that it’s already past the 1 million sold mark which is an amazing achievement, and very well deserved.

A lot of blogs and internet types on Twitter are running with the following comparison:

iPhone = 74 days to 1,000,000 sold

iPad = 28 days to 1,000,000 sold

Kinect = 10 days to 1,000,000 sold

To me, this is a completely pointless comparison. Not only do these items sit in different areas of technology but there is also a significant price difference:

Kinect = £130

iPad = £429

At almost 3.5 x the cost, it’s hardly surprising that the iPad sales went a little slower is it? Plus Kinect is an add-on for the best selling console in the world which gives it a huge, ready (and easy) to engage sales base.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think Kinect is brilliant, I’m a huge fan of Microsoft and think most things Apple do are evil, but I don’t think these comparisons serve anybody well. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they negatively affect Microsoft as it makes them seem desperate to “beat” Apple, enough to use pointless data such as this. The kicker is that it’s nothing to do with Microsoft, it’s not Redmond putting these out but various bloggers and tech sites on the net…however Steve B et al will be on the end of negative effect on consumer mindshare.

Realistically, the only comparison that is anywhere near worthwhile is Kinect’s performance against Playstation Move…and I’m sure it will always win Smile

Thoughts on the iPad


The iPad is upon us in the UK and so over the Bank Holiday weekend, I went into the local Apple store to have a look at what it was all about.

The first thing that struck me was the crowd…there were around 50 iPads available to play with and people were queuing up for almost every one, 2 or 3 people deep! I eventually burst through the crowd of people, deftly side stepping a small child and a nifty Jordan-esque manoeuvre around another shopper until BOOM…an iPad was in my hand. This, the most magical of devices, cause of hysteria worldwide and apparent confirmation of “The Greatness of Jobs” was in my hand…and…

“Meh”

That was my first thought and even now, a couple of days later, it’s still my overall opinion.

It was smaller and heavier than I thought, so something of a double loss there really! Upon first sight I was completely under-whelmed…there wasn’t even a twinge of “OMG – I MUST buy it”…and I really was expecting I’d have to fight that urge. I got an iPod years ago, when I saw the first iPhone, despite knowing all it’s shortcomings, I nearly got one…and the same for the MacBook Air.

This time however, I truly wasn’t tempted to buy it at all. I think part of the reason for this may be that it isn’t really anything new…I’ve seen tablet PCs before and I’ve seen an iPhone so I’ve seen an iPad. If someone had a huge potato I’d go and look at it…but I wouldn’t want to buy it :-)

Part of my lack of interest in the iPad also applies to all tablets and it’s this one question:

“When would I use it?”

If I’m at home, I’ll use the laptop to surf the web, the Xbox to watch movies & the stereo to listen to music. If I’m out and about, depending where I’m going I’ll use my phone or my laptop…I don’t see what a tablet can do better AND easier than any of that setup.

My other complaint is transporting it. It’s too big to fit in a pocket so +1 to a smart phone so it will need to be carried in a bag/case of some sort…it which case you might as well take a laptop; or if weight is an issue…take a netbook.

If I’m going somewhere which means a Netbook is too big/heavy then it isn’t going to be much different with an iPad. Plus, and I know this is a tired argument but it’s worth repeating, netbooks and laptops can all play Flash!

There is one thing I’ll say (kind of) in it’s defense:

The “Multitasking” issue seems to be a little less clear cut that it’s made out. I was playing music and surfing the web which I had been led to believe was, in the words of Ralph Wiggum, “un-possible”. I guess perhaps it’s just 3rd party apps that can’t be multi-tasked?

Summation

All in all, it doesn’t seem to be anything special and I can’t see any compelling reasons to get one. I know Mac fans will be able to reel off any number of rebuttals to this but honestly it doesn’t matter…I can’t see the iPad attracting any new customers to the Apple fold; I’m going to say that nearly all iPad owners will already have an iPhone and/or iPod.

Apple have Flash rival in the making?


Apple and it’s objections to Adobe’s Flash product are well known, as Steve Jobs (Apple CEO) has been more than vocal about it!

Apple’s stance has been than they will use HTML5 for all web based content that Flash is currently used for but now it seems that Apple could have their own rival to both Flash AND HTML 5!

There have been a few reports that Apple’s Gianduia Framework (a name carrying on the theme of Cocoa) has been used to create a number of web apps such as:

  • Apple’s One-to-One program
  • iPhone Reservation System
  • Genius Bar Concierge Service

This shows that HTML5 isn’t a component of it and that Gianduia can exist in it’s own right.

The question is whether Apple started this project just in case HTML5 didn’t quite pan out in order to give them a backup up plan once they publically blasted Flash; or are they really looking to create their own entry into the market?

I’m tempted to say it’s the first option, that it was a “just in case” fallback but, knowing Apple’s reputation for wanting complete control over every aspect of their products this would be a wholly surprising move. However, as it’s a framework I guess it won’t be a complete competitor to Flash or indeed Microsoft’s Silverlight; rather something a little less feature rich so not a direct rival after all.

Has anyone got any more information or views on this subject? As always, the comments are open and you can get me on Twitter @richfrombechtle.

Head over to pcmag.com and Apple Insider for a further look.

New Apple Ad targets Laptop Hunters


Apple have finally got aruond to attacking Microsoft’s very successful “Laptop Hunters” campaign, in the new Mac vs PC advert.

As usual, it’s based on half truth’s and hyperbole (at best) but we all know what to expect from these ads by now :-) My questions is-do these ads really work…in the true sense that they convert people from buying PC’s to Macs, as I don’t think they do!

I can’t find a version I can embed so here’s the link to Engadget’s site:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/13/video-apple-responds-to-microsofts-laptop-hunters/