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Can it run Microsoft Office?
There's a difference between being Office-compatible and running Microsoft Office. Almost everything has an Office-compatible solution these days. But because I'm transferring complex files to clients who use real Office, I'm looking for a real office solution.
64-bit iPad 5: Yes, for most people (but probably not me) Microsoft, notoriously, has not released a version of Office for the iPad. But the iPad has many Office-compatible apps that are quite good.
For most people, this would be fine. For me, though, since my PowerPoints are huge, and have to be injested by a third-party webcast broadcasting system, there might be some incompatibility problems. Because I do so much with pure PowerPoint, it's probably not a fit with me, but otherwise the iPad is pretty good (although see my notes on Outlook below)
Surface 2 RT: Pretty much. This is the one place where the Surface RT shines. I honestly think Microsoft should have called it the Office Machine. Surface RT has a complete implementation of Microsoft's Office and it's a good one. Not sure there's enough RAM to handle my multi-thousand slide PowerPoint files, so it might not make it for me, but it would work for most people.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes. Quite well. Again, the good amount of max RAM available combined with fast processors and full Windows makes this a win.
Can it access my corporate servers?
I have our massive media library and all the documents I use in my various projects on our file server. That server (actually a set of servers) is critical to everything I do.
64-bit iPad 5: Not really. Apple is building in more and more enterprise access technology, although whether apps can access corporate servers is in question because most apps can't access SMB networks. This is where the file system tied to each app begins to fail for real work.
Surface 2 RT: No. For some completely baffling reason, Microsoft left out Active Directory functionality from RT. So you can't access enterprise Microsoft networks from Microsoft's tablet. W. T. F. ?
Surface 2 Pro: Yes. Once again, because this is real Windows, it's a no-brainer. It does it.
Can it be used with Evernote?
Over the past year, I've come to rely more and more on Evernote for almost every aspect of my job, particularly in terms of managing project notes, research and writing.
64-bit iPad 5: Yes, and quite well. The iPad has a beautiful implementation of Evernote. Paired with a keyboard, it's a win.
Surface 2 RT: Barely. The Metro implementation of Evernote is terrible. Disappointing. Ugly. Almost unusable. I would not use Evernote if I had to use this version.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes. I use the Windows Evernote application all the time, and the latest version is even nicer.