Ever the contrarian, Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes on life without Office on the iPad:
I’ve taken a look at Office for iPad and there’s no doubt that it’s an impressive piece of software. At a time when Microsoft is hell-bent on going against what it’s customers want – think Windows 8, or the abolition of the TechNet program – it’s comforting to see that Microsoft can deliver a product that people want… it represents one of Microsoft’s finest moments.
OK, so far. What’s next?
I’ve owned an iPad for almost four years, and back then being able to work with Office documents was a priority for me. Back in April 2010 I couldn’t wait four years for Microsoft to get its act together and come out with Office for iPad so I had to find alternatives.
And pretty soon there were a raft of apps that could handle Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Sure, they didn’t support ever feature that Word, Excel or PowerPoint on the desktop could spit out, but I’m and 80/20 sort of guy, and I use about 20 percent of what these applications have to offer a good 80 percent of the time.
Office for iPad. Too little and too late.