Apple markets the iPad as a business productivity tool using Microsoft Office

Apple markets the iPad as a business productivity tool using Microsoft Office
A mailer sent out by Apple to promote the Apple iPad, took.a different tact than Microsoft's recent ad for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Microsoft has promoted its tablet as being one that could replace a laptop. Apple decided to call its iPad a portable solution backed by powerful apps "that take advantage of the things only iPad can do."

In its mailer, Apple pointed out that its iWork Suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) comes free with the purchase of a new iPad. Using iCloud, Apple says that consumers can start a project using an iPad, and finish it on a Mac. Apple also showed off Microsoft Office for iPad, which is a collection of three freemium apps: Excel (spreadsheet), Powerpoint (presentations) and Word (documents). To really get the full use out of  Office for iPad, you need to have a subscription to Office 365.

The long awaited demand for the iPad version of Microsoft Office, led to 27 million downloads of the combined Excel, Word and Powerpoint apps in just 46 days after its initial launch.

source: AppleInsider

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57 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Just wait until the universal Office app for Windows comes out... WP devices will have the most powerful, and productive solutions of any smartphone platform... MS didn't even waste time updating office for WP8.1 because something huge is coming to Windows phones, tablets, and PC's... That's just one thing Apple isn't going to do better... ........... Nevertheless, I think it's cool that iPads have a bunch of really nice options for productivity, and I'm sure the next iPad is going to be even more productive oriented... Once again, good job on Apples part.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"That's just one thing Apple isn't going to do better." I've found Apple's iWorks on the iPad to be far superior and polished than Microsoft's Office software.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I still dont get the purpose on why it is subscription based. Its ok if its just I pay the software at the first time.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft makes far more money over time with subscriptions and it also gives them a reason to put even more spyware on your machine -- to monitor compliance with the "subscription". They do this already with the paid apps, but their "subscription" apps are even worse. Just think about it. Microsoft can turn off your access to important documents if you don't keep paying them. Who really wants to be in a situation like this? It's what you get when there is an out of control monopoly in Office apps.

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I just leave a link about the DEFINITION of MONOPOLY here for some stupid fandroid $hits to read. http://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/monopoly.asp

54. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"I just leave a link about the DEFINITION of MONOPOLY here for some stupid fandroid $hits to read." The shill posts an irrelevant link and then calls other people stupid. There is no escaping one's shill nature, I suppose. Here's a link that is actually relevant to Microsoft: Will Google Apps Break The Last Tech Monopoly: Microsoft Office?http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/12/26/will-google-apps-break-the-last-tech-monopoly-microsoft-office/ So I suppose now you are going to tell everyone on PA that Forbes is wrong? Lol. Good luck.

36. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

that's not how it works. you ALWAYS have access to your documents, even AFTER your subsciption lapses. the ONLY thing you will not have is the ability to edit and create new docs, of course. again, you guys are completely ignorant about 365 and instead of taking the time to READ about it, you hop in PA and spew nonsense.

55. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"again, you guys are completely ignorant about 365 and instead of taking the time to READ about it, you hop in PA and spew nonsense." We have it at work. If you read the fine print, you will see that even using Office 365 to open an Office document binds you to nearly all of the license terms. It is not FREE by any definition of the word. If you understood contract law, heck, if you were anything but a shill, you'd understand.

32. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hm, so 5 FULL licenses for PC/Mac. 5 liceneses for mobile devices. ALL office suites included. ALL updates to new versions included. 1TB of cloud storage. if you have 5 computers are NEED office on them, well it could get pretty expensive. home & student is $140. home & business is $220. simple math. 5 x $120 is 600 dollars. 5 x 220 is 1100 dollars. 99 dollars a year seems like a much better choice. but instead of people breaking it down that way, they'd rather display their ignorance and label it as some sort of rip off. if you dont need multiple licenses then DONT concern yourself with 365. buy the standalone. it's still available.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

alterecho, exactly! I've been using Apple's Pages and Numbers for my business and I found it to be quick and intuitive. I understand why many prefer MS Office software - whether they're trained and find it second-nature or need something specific that MS Office offers. But for everything I do, Pages and Numbers do well and quickly. I also got it all for free and all my future updates and additions will be free - win-win in my book.

21. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I like this joke, I seriously do. You're funny. +1

33. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

well, the ENTIRE business world, not to mention scholastic institutes and most consumer do not. a lot functions missing and formatting issues. iWorks may be adequate for you, but you are one of the few.

37. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Rodney NokiaWpMs troll.

15. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

There are android users then there are android fanboys, the latter is a messed up group of hypocritical cretins. Let he who is without sin throw the stone. You must not comment if you don't have something reasonable to add. . . If this news have tags guess what they will be? Apple, iPad, Microsoft, Office, Productivity. No Google or Android hint.

48. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Hey.. I complimented Apple in my last paragraph.. Go back and read the very first comment on this article... .......... Now, who seems out of line here?

31. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Microsoft is hard at work making a special touch screen version of Microsoft Office for it's Windows OS tablet computers. when it's READY Microsoft will have a touch screen centered Office suite People who like to work with Windows tablet will love to work with. .I hope that it arrives for MS Windows 8.1 Tablets before Windows 9 debuts next year. folks it is sad that People an developers do not see the value of Windows 8.1 RT OS tablets MS has on sale which are the "Surface 2" and the MS/Nokia "Lumia 2520 Tablet with 4G LTE" Both MS tablets have MS Office Home & Student preloaded on them. The Nokia Lumia 2520 has 4g LTE wireless capability as well as WIFI and cost' less than 500 dollars the sweet spot for 10.1 in tablet computers. People are looking for microsoft to make an MS Intel Atom based 10.1 inch full Windows 8.1 tablet that sells under 500 dollars the MS "Surface Pro full Windows 8.1 Tablets cost roughly 800 Dollars for a Intel i3 version which cost too much for a lot of people to pay for a tablet.

50. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

An iPad by itself sucks for productivity. An iPad matched with a keyboard helps. A PC Tablet is simply untouchable though.

51. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Nobody is trying to bash Apple.. Calm down, people.

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