Originally Posted by Onhka
I really can't understand your animosity towards Microsoft. A lot of us have done well using their products in the past. As a Mac user since day one plus a few months when Multiplan came out, Microsoft has always been part of my business armamentarium as we might say in medicine.
Not that I particularly wanted to, but to cut off my nose to spite my face? Hey you do what you have to. In any event, as more and more programs became available and more functional for my purposes, the likes of Microsoft have been less of a need for me more recently.
I use Pages and Numbers every day now and there is nothing I can't do with either application that I could do with Office. And even now on the iPad, a Bluetooth keyboard is becoming more that adequate on even the largest of documents. Most of my need for Office involves processes that I know I could resolve just with a little more thought, and getting past the 'creature of habit' phase.
To suggest that until Apple needs to get their finger out and" is their achilles heal is ludicrous. Microsoft will do well. However, their latest endeavours are being developed by a team of two left footers. Which for the most part is historically their style. And for the most part, much of the world's business community. Not that it is a bad thing. Just that it is without the likes of the Dassler Brothers, we could still be running on filp-flops.
Right now we are building a half dozed custom business apps. And if you got your head out of the sand, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of apps on the iTunes store for the choosing.
Perhaps you should take a look at Apples 'iPhone in Business site. http://www.apple.com/iphone/business/
, as well as their 'iPad in Business' site. http://www.apple.com/ipad/business/
As well WIRED just recently wrote a review, "Apples iPad: clearly the top tablet for business"
No offence but I don't get what you are talking about really either so maybe we should just agree to disagree. You start off by saying you don't understand my criticism of Microsoft and then segue into a description of Microsoft as inept, poor developers, poor planning etc. which sounds worse than my frank but personal admission that I just don't like them.
My criticism of Apple's approach is based on the base software and the base design of the iPhone, but then you argue against it by mentioning a lot of third party apps? Perhaps my criticisms are confused and I just don't realise it, but your opinion is all over the map as far as I can see and I don't see any progress to be made in debating this with you because i'm not really sure what your point of view is.
My point of view (right or wrong), is fairly transparent. iOS and the devices that run it are just not up to snuff in terms of being a workable solution for mobile computing
(IMO of course). They are wonderful devices for mobile communication
, and mobile leisure
activities, but if I can't realistically type a quick document on them or transfer that document to my desktop (or vice versa), in an easy straightforward fashion that doesn't require me to buy into third party solutions, then that's a big flaw in my book.
I've been using the iPad since day one and the (very recent) update to MobileMe is the very *first* time that I was able to quickly and easily get documents on and off the thing. Unfortunately, like most everyone I know, I use MobileMe for my personal stuff, not my work stuff so it still doesn't help me out with anything serious.
It's no secret why the productivity aspects of the iPad are advertised last and only take up a tiny bit of the run time of the commercials, or a small fraction of the text on the description pages at Apple.com. It's just not designed for productivity first. It's a leisure device that *can* be used to produce documents, not a mobile computer that *can* be used for leisure.
As for Wired, they don't know much about anything anymore and besides which, it's pretty easy to say it's the "top tablet for business" when it's still basically the only tablet on the market.