Do you friends a favor, tell they to stay with iWork 09, the new version is a HUGE step back
New iWork is not "watered down" as MS says, is worse than that, is really a functionality slaughter
Indeed, to each her own market. Apple's market happens to be in the hundreds of millions of units and MS's market in the hundreds of tens.
Do they? iWorks, Google Apps, Office have 90% of the same functionality. For the perceived deficiencies in iWorks and Google Apps there is 3rd party software that is focused and can handle the other 10% of functionality that differentiates Office. I'd rather have just what I need and if I need more I can get at it easily without having to load some slow bloated software using up all the resources on my machine.
Not to mention emptying our wallets for MS Office (and Windows).
That is so not true ! I live in this country, and I know the Surface isn't by far the #1 tablet of choice by the masses.
After the iPad, Android tablets have a stronger market here. They like the mobile world are a distant 3rd.
MS's main problem is that when you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail.
They cannot see that people use Office because it's installed pretty much by default on most computers at work. People then "borrow" the disks to take home and install it for free (well, they certainly did at my last place of work!). Almost every document I'm sent in Word format could have been written in TextEdit just as well, let alone Pages or something as feature-bloated as Word.
Microsoft will continue to slide into irrelevance unless they realise what people really want outside of a forced software situation and reflex actions from their work where people just want "Word format" because they're used to it.
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The Surface pro 2 is a damn joke. I saw a picture of the internals on Anandtec and I noticed that it has two fans inside, and it's also thick. Who the hell wants to use something that lame? It's no tablet, it's just a laptop that doesn't come with a real keyboard. The whole concept is stupid.
Well, Tim Cook started it I guess! I agree Office is better than iWork, but I disagree that Surface is better than iPad. Nothing comes close to iPad in the current market.
And if he thinks it's just an entertainment device, he should look at these pages:
or watch this video:
That's just funny, he's insinuating that the iPad is "more difficult" to use than Microsoft's Surface, which is truly laughable.
The understatement of the year goes to......
Oh dear, oh dear. What a bunch of losers Apple customers are!
Why, oh why, do they insist on buying simple software that is designed for use by 'real people', not IT professionals with years of experience negotiating the intricacies and complexities of Microsoft products? Why do these slack Apple customers want to do things like real work or having family lives, rather than marvelling at all the unused features of Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and generating revenue for their IT technicians?
The sarcasm tag is /s.
You sir, need to do your research before posting. People will still choose iPads over Surface Pro, but not for the reasons you state!
The processing power of the Surface Pro leaves every iPad for dust, and then some. In case you didn't know, an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor with 4GB RAM is pretty powerful for a laptop, let alone a tablet. Your meager mobile phone processor is not the mighty powerhouse you imagine it to be. The build quality and design of the Surface range is actually very good indeed, but then you'd actually have to look/feel one to know that I guess.
The fact remains that iPad will continue to leave Surface for dead in the sales/popularity stakes. No contest.
You sir, need to turn on your sarcasm detector.
Frank X Shaw is silly for calling out Apple. Nothing identifies a frustrated challenger than shouting at the incumbent.
On the other hand, the passion stirred up by his silly post is intriguing. Why can't iPad users be happy with using iPads? Why are we so angry when someone labels them as entertainment devices or whatever? Why can't we just laugh it off as tablet envy?
Microsoft has released a new patch update to legendary BS machine v1.
This one comes with a new name and so much more BS that they will soon retire v1.
good bye and good luck steve ballmer.
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And they they choose a wide-screen aspect ratio that is designed to be used in landscape mode. This is a huge failing and shortcoming on MS's part.
Leaving aside the device differences between iPad and Surface the guys got a point.
Apple announced iWorks free (although not for my 3rd gen iPad it seems), but so what? Google docs, MS Office Web Apps are both free to and their the equivalent of iWorks. Full office has a load of extra stuff that iWorks doesn't have and if you don't need that stuff then don't buy full office. Some people need spreadsheets to connect to there CRM's, other don't, so buy what you need. But at the feature level, iWorks was the most expensive out of the 3 and is now equally priced.
Apple also announced the updates to OSX is free, referring to Windows not being free. But Windows 8.1 is also a free upgrade so there actually priced the same. If you buy a PC it comes with Windows, if you buy a Mac it comes with OS X and the latest update for both a free.
The only actual difference is if you build your own PC Microsoft will sell you a copy of Office to install. If you build your own Mac you just can't buy OSX to go on it. Something being on sale and something not does not make a price difference, it just means OSX can't be bought without a Mac.