Office for iPad: Big deal or big yawn?

Moderated by Larry Dignan | March 31, 2014 -- 07:00 GMT (00:00 PDT)

Summary: Put the world's most popular office suite on the most popular tablet, and what do you get?

David Braue

David Braue

Big deal

or

Big yawn

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Best Argument: Big deal

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Audience Favored: Big yawn (60%)

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Opening Statements

The Office you need, the device you want

It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft Office will be one of the biggest things to ever happen to the iPad.

No matter how much you believe Google Docs and other cloud-based productivity tools are eating Office's lunch, the traditional offline versions are still sending billions to Redmond every year because they're the gold standard in productivity. Heck, built-in Office is a key reason many people buy Microsoft Surface Pro tablets over iPads.

People want nuisance-free productivity tools available anywhere, but most competing iPad suites have been pale imitations of Office with so-so compatibility, poor integration and awkward file handling.

Built and priced right, a Microsoft-built and -backed platform will lure customers back from alternatives – including Apple's own Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Sure to be tied in seamlessly with Microsoft OneDrive, Skype and other complementary services, this will be the Office you need on the device you want.

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A really expensive laptop? No thanks

You know what? Office 365 on the iPad may indeed be the gold standard for office suites on the iPad Personally I favor QuickOffice. But, what do I know? I don't use office suites on tablets. Period. End of statement.

The iPad is great for reading ebooks, for watching movies, for listening to music, for playing games for, in other words, for being entertained. In short, it's great for consuming information. For creating documents? For filling out a spreadsheet? Not so much.

Sure, I could use an iPad to do this. You know what? I can't type worth a damn on it or any other tablet's screen.  Of course, I could add a keyboard, and what the heck, a mouse while I'm at it so I can type and edit efficiently.

You know what you get when you add a keyboard and a pointing device to an iPad? You get a really expensive laptop. No thanks. 

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  • Pay $10/mo.?

    Gimme a break. I'll stick with the iWork suite and only pay for it once. This is just a tablet, not a real computer.
    rag@...
    Reply 70 Votes I'm for Big yawn
    • 10$/mo

      For users that only have a tablet and no desktops or laptops, it's a horrible deal, yes. Office 365 is a license for 5 PCs/Macs plus 5 tablets. Office for iPad increases the value of an Office 365 subscription (IMO not yet to the point that it might be worth it), but paying for Office 365 just to get Office for iPad is clearly a horrible option.
      Sacr
      Reply 91 Votes I'm Undecided
    • If only. . . .

      How about iWork on the PC.

      I think that would be a nail in the MS Office coffin, and ultimately of MS Windows itself.
      Henry 3 Dogg
      Reply 53 Votes I'm Undecided
      • You can do that, it is in beta at the moment however.

        http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/software/3472360/how-use-pages-numbers-keynote-in-windows/
        YaBaby
        Reply 44 Votes I'm Undecided
        • Same old bastardized apps, now restricted to cloud trash

          Pass…
          MrElectrifyer
          Reply 56 Votes I'm Undecided
      • Ha Ha

        I work will fail once it gets out of fanboy heaven and has to meet people who have known how to use a real office product.
        larsonjs
        Reply 38 Votes I'm Undecided
        • Exclude yourself then

          Which obviously isn't you, an ACTUAL completely oblivious fanboy.
          PaulG53
          Reply 38 Votes I'm Undecided
          • Only Apple have fanboys

            The creepy Apple culture nurtures fanboys, the evidence is.....

            Weirdo's lining up around the block for days when a product launches
            Spotty teenagers wearing 'Genius' t-shirts high-fiving those browsing in stores
            Customers and 'Geniuses' applauding and howling when people make a purchase
            Purchasers defending a company that makes unusually large profit margins.

            None of this goes on outside Apple, and those on the outside think it is very strange behaviour. Often such people go out of their way to show that they have a different product, they they're not part of the Apple culture because frankly it's embarrassing. But really non-Apple fans just want a phone / tablet whatever without any nonsense.
            johnafish
            Reply 30 Votes I'm Undecided
      • Perhaps not

        Incumbency counts for a lot, especially in the business world.
        John L. Ries
        Reply 51 Votes I'm Undecided
      • Ha! Now thats funny.

        "I think that would be a nail in the MS Office coffin, and ultimately of MS Windows itself"

        Please tell me your kidding.
        Cayble
        Reply 61 Votes I'm Undecided