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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.
Can it be used with Chrome?
My browser isn't just a browser, it's part of my workflow. I rely on a series of extension to flow links and other elements from Web pages into my work and without those extensions, it would take me considerably longer to do my job.
Similar extensions exist in the Windows version of Firefox and even, to a limited extent, in desktop IE. But they don't exist in tablet browsers.
64-bit iPad 5: No. The iPad has Chrome (it's the browser I use when using the iPad), but the iPad Chrome doesn't support extensions.
Surface 2 RT: No. The Surface 2 RT doesn't even support desktop Chrome because RT doesn't support any desktop apps.
Surface 2 Pro: Yes, do you even need to ask?
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