Five ways Microsoft's Surface is better than iPad: Gallery

Summary:This article spotlights features in both Surface models that are better, more innovative, and potentially more game changing than their counterparts on the iPad.

Way 4: Real Microsoft Office

As our own Mary Jo Foley reported , it may even be a longer wait than we all thought for a real version of Microsoft Office to arrive on the iPad.

There's no doubt that Microsoft's licensing is twisted and sick , as evidenced by the fact that Microsoft includes a product called "Office" on the Surface, but you're not allowed to use it in, you know, an office unless you buy another license. It boggles the mind.

Even so, if you want real, true Microsoft Office, you can't get it on an iPad. You can on a Surface device. One ding against Microsoft: There's no Outlook on the Surface RT. Seriously? What could it possibly have been thinking?

But if you want the real-thing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your tablet, you'll want a Surface, not an iPad.

Topics: Tablets, Apple, Mobility


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