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Microsoft Office on iOS – Don’t get too excited

Normally this would be big news. I’m sure a lot of people have been waiting for MS Office to make it’s way onto iOS. Well, today is that day. Microsoft is offering Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

There’s only two MAJOR problems.

1. It only works on the iPhone.

2. It costs $99.99 and you need to have an Office 365 Subscription.

In one fell swoop, Microsoft offers something is both quite exciting, but at the same time is a steaming pile of poo.

Instead of making a competitor to Pages, which may be a run away success on the iPad, and charging $9.99, they lose their damn minds and make their completely untested version 1.0 product available for $100. And basically, if you use any stand alone version of Office, this iOS version is useless.

Smooth Microsoft. Smooth.

And of course it only supports SkyDrive, not Dropbox which is what millions of people use for iOS.

This seems like a complete waste. Why bother? I don’t see Microsoft gaining any market share with asinine maneuver. Buying the entire iWorks Suite is still a fraction of the cost. Or spending $20-30 on one of the other competent suites is still bargain compared to this.

Let’s see how many desperate souls go for this.

I’ll stick with Pages and QuickOffice.

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Office 2013 Looks Like Ass

I just got my first look of Microsoft Office 2013 and it looks hideous! All the color, all the depth, all the contours and shapes are completely gone. After spending years "sculpting" icons, the apps look like they’re running through a monochrome dumb terminal.

I’m not a fan of the Ribbon Bar to begin with, but this makes a bad design look even worse. I wish I had a screenshot, but it was on another machine. I’m sure there are plenty out there and it’s just as bad in person as it is in pictures.

Truly, this is an extremely unattractive interface. We are definitely regressing.

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Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad – Pride Drop to $11.99

The pricing for Quickoffice has been pretty unpredictable since its initial release in June. At one time it was $9.99, then $11.99, then $16, then up to $24, then back down to $19 and now back down to $11.99. If you’re looking for an Office style app then I would act now before the price goes back up. I grabbed Quickoffice right at the end of September and think it’s actually a better choice than Pages. If you get it at this price you get a word processor and spreadsheet tool for about the same cost as the single Apple app.

The file manager is far superior with Quickoffice and navigating documents is much easier to understand. The integration with Dropbox is also much better and cleaner. Now before people get all crazy, keep in mind that heavily formatted documents aren’t going to show up correctly in either app. The iPad doesn’t support all those fonts and the apps can’t really support all those advanced features. It’s a little unrealistic to expect it to handle all that. But what you do get is an app that allows you to create, view or edit Word or Excel documents with ease and store them on your local device or share them through Dropbox. I’ve been quite happy with the feature set and after using both would recommend Quickoffice as the better solution.

I doubt we’ll see this one drop back down to the $9.99 level so now is as good a time as any to pick up a full blown word processor for the iPad. And it looks like a PowerPoint app will be coming down the line in the near future so you will get a full suite of tools for $12. That’s a pretty good deal!

I’ve opened both Word 2003/2007 docs and Excel 2003/2007 spreadsheets without any problem. Don’t expect to handle your company’s payroll and long term finances, but you can certainly write a document and do some calculations. It’s pretty impressive and I think it will only get better over time.

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Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite drops to $9.99

Well now, this does make things complicated again. Just the other day I wrote about Office apps for the iPad and while Quickconnect was chosen by a lot of people as their favorite Office suite, the $16.99 price tag took it off my list. Mere days later, the price has dropped back down to $9.99 for a limited time.

I was quite set to buy Pages and go with the Apple choice, however, with this price drop I will have to debate that choice some more. Pages gives me word processing. Quickoffice offers word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint functionality is expected in the not too distant future. Plus, Quickoffce seems to have better file management and better compatibility with cloud services like Google Docs and Dropbox.

So I thought I had things worked out, but with this new price drop I may have to reconsider. Any Quickoffice or Pages fans want to offer their opinion on which way I should go here?

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Office 2010 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Who upgraded to Office 2010? Personally, I haven’t. I’m on 2007 and quite frankly it serves my needs just fine. I downloaded the beta of 2010 and to be honest I thought the UI was hideous! Most of the time I’m not even a fan of the blue Office ribbon, but this latest version just looks horrible!

But as far as features go it just doesn’t have anything I need. I mean seriously, what more can you possibly make Office do? I’ve stated before, Word hit feature saturation in 2003, so did Excel. At this point it’s just being dressed up and shortcuts are being added. The shortcuts are nice but I’m not sure they warrant the massive price tag of the update.

And it looks like Office 2010 might be the first version suffering from market saturation. It seems adoption is a little sluggish for this new version. Again, what is the average user missing? 2010 offers integration with cloud, web and Sharepoint services, but for most folks, that really doesn’t open the checkbook. Most of us are writing standard documents like memos, reports, essays, letters, articles and the like. Hell, you can even do some impressive desktop publishing with Word if you want to. But when you move beyond that your market becomes really small. I really like Word, have for years, even back to the Word 6.0 days which at the time was really quite good. And OneNote is fantastic. I’m only disappointed that it didn’t get more significant upgrades for 2010. Although I rarely use it now, I used to support Excel and it is insanely powerful and useful. I was astounded at the way people would manipulate Excel. It was wondrous, but also a little frightening. And Outlook? Well, Outlook has come a LONG way since it debuted in 2007. I like the 2007 version, but only use about 10% of the features. I check my email and get appointment requests. All those other crazy features really don’t mean anything to me.

But anyway, adding some shortcuts and the ability to publish to the web isn’t going to sell new copies of Office. And even adding all sorts of bolt on packages isn’t going to do it either. Really, what the hell are Groove and Infopath for? Who are you people that are using those apps?

I thought Publisher was really neat back in the day, but is anyone actually using it? I know Powerpoint gets a lot of attention, but what else can you make it do? Is there some sexy dissolve or background we’re missing? Visio is neat, for those who use it (I don’t know anyone who does). Let’s not forget Access. I almost did because I don’t use it.

I use Word, Outlook and OneNote. And if I use 10% of the features available in Word I’d be amazed. Truthfully I wish they would make a bundle of just those three apps and I would be incredibly happy and satisfied.

Office is an impressive bundle, but I think we might already have too much of it…

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