Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Mar 2014 21:51 UTC
Microsoft

Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week. The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th. Nadella is expected to discuss Microsoft’s "mobile first, cloud first" strategy, and there will be some major news ahead of the company’s Build conference in early April. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the event will mark the introduction of Office for iPad.

Meanwhile, Office for Metro is nowhere in sight.

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David
Member since:
1997-10-01

I know a lot of people who use a tablet as their primary on-the-go computer. This is the use case that's most likely: you're on the road and someone sends you a Word or Excel file and they want your comments and corrections. Most of the apps that will allow you to edit or preview an Office document lack the editing functionality that would enable this user to perform meaningful work. But even though it might be awkward to try to do full-blown desktop publishing on a tablet, if the Office app is well-designed, it would be great for reading through and making edits and notes on an existing document, or adding a few paragraphs or rows.

Let's set aside the fact that in that use case a cloud-based collaboration platform might be better suited. In today's workplace, that kind of collaboration is usually done by exchanging office docs.

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Wondercool Member since:
2005-07-08

Valid points, maybe I am not that type of user.
Only thing I can say is that I would buy a small, light laptop if I had to process a lot of docs on the go but I can understand many people these days do use tablets as their main computing unit.

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David Member since:
1997-10-01

Yeah, so would I. That's why I carry a Macbook Air around and I don't even own a tablet. I do a lot of stuff on my phone, but if it's too awkward to do on a phone screen, I usually need a full blown laptop. But strangely enough, I think that's starting to make me an outlier.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

As a translator who gets (virtually) all his work in Office formats, having proper Office on a tablet, with a touch-friendly interface, would be a life-saver. I've tried the non-Microsoft ones, but they all have terrible Office compatibility - something I cannot accept in my line of work.

I'm pretty sure this applies to many professions.

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oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

As a translator who gets (virtually) all his work in Office formats, having proper Office on a tablet, with a touch-friendly interface, would be a life-saver. I've tried the non-Microsoft ones, but they all have terrible Office compatibility - something I cannot accept in my line of work.

I'm pretty sure this applies to many professions.

I am sure it does. But I am waiting for the fun.

OSi, Android, OSX and Windows versions. Anyone see a source of disaster? OSX and Windows version of MS Office was bad enough to create files with odd ball bugs. 4 OS + Microsoft this could get bad.

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Temcat Member since:
2005-10-18

What CAT do you use?

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