Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 19:00 UTC
Microsoft One of the major lacking features in the newest Office: no Metro applications. In fact, the only reason Windows RT has a desktop at all is because the Office team was unable to create Metro applications in time for the release of Windows RT. I often thought this was a classic case of two important divisions within Microsoft not getting along and not being aligned, but now that I have my own Surface RT, I'm starting to realise that there's a far simpler, and thus more likely, explanation: Metro is simply not ready for anything serious - or for anything at all, really.
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Hardware or software?
by Bobthearch on Sat 9th Mar 2013 17:21 UTC
Bobthearch
Member since:
2006-01-27

Can you elaborate on one thing: Is the unacceptably poor performance of Office due to Metro, or because of the miserable specs of the Surface RT?

Or could it be simply that Office is now a bloated pig and totally inappropriate for portable computing? I wouldn't expect a tablet to run AutoCAD or SolidWorks either. I'd be curious to hear how OpenOffice or other MS Office alternatives run on the same hardware.

P.S. I'll stop using Office 2000 when they pry it from my cold dead hands. ;)

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RE: Hardware or software?
by Johann Chua on Sun 10th Mar 2013 10:23 in reply to "Hardware or software?"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

OpenOffice/Libre Office is even more bloated than modern MS Office. It's claim to fame is availability on Linux (and other OSes) and being free of charge. The office PC runs MS Office 2000, with Libre Office 4.0 as back up for XML MS Office files. Fortunately we mostly get PDFs from our clients.

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RE[2]: Hardware or software?
by Bobthearch on Sun 10th Mar 2013 16:55 in reply to "RE: Hardware or software?"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

So what are the options, beef up the SurfaceRT so that it performs (and is priced) like a full-performance laptop? Develop a mini/mobile/tablet version of Office? Realize and accept the inherent limitations of tablet computing and forget about it? Or is it a problem that can be addressed by 'fixing' Metro?

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