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    On the road: Working with Office docs on an iPad




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    On the road: Working with Office docs on an iPad


    By Lincoln Spector

    When out of the office, we want our computing devices small and light which explains the phenomenal number of business travelers taking an iPad along for the ride. There's just one problem: there's still no Microsoft Office for the iPad.

    There are solutions to this not-inconsequential problem, but they're far from perfect. Here are two of the best.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/mobility/on-the-road-working-with-office-docs-on-an-ipad/ (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    Hi, interesting article but I disagree with the recommendation. I do plenty of "serious" work on my iPad and a lot of it requires Word files. My role involves extensive use of Word's Track Changes and the only tool that comes close to giving me the functionality I need is also cheaper than the one you recommended.

    CloudOn is free and gives you full actual versions of Word and Excel. It may include PowerPoint but that's not something I care about.

    An iPad, a 3G SIM, CloudOn, a DropBox account, and a small amount of patience to handle the lag of working on a remote desktop are all that's required for a first class Office experience. There's no need to worry about file compatibilities or ings displaying weirdly: you're working in Office. There's no need to worry about learning a bizarre new interface or paradigm (yes Numbers, I'm talking to you): you're working in Office.

    No relationship to the CloudOn developer/s - just a really satisfied customer
    Last edited by melvynm; 2012-06-21 at 02:52. Reason: Paragraph breaks were eaten up when I first posted. Here's hoping 2nd try works well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvynm View Post
    Hi, interesting article but I disagree with the recommendation. I do plenty of "serious" work on my iPad and a lot of it requires Word files. My role involves extensive use of Word's Track Changes and the only tool that comes close to giving me the functionality I need is also cheaper than the one you recommended.

    CloudOn is free and gives you full actual versions of Word and Excel. It may include PowerPoint but that's not something I care about.

    An iPad, a 3G SIM, CloudOn, a DropBox account, and a small amount of patience to handle the lag of working on a remote desktop are all that's required for a first class Office experience. There's no need to worry about file compatibilities or ings displaying weirdly: you're working in Office. There's no need to worry about learning a bizarre new interface or paradigm (yes Numbers, I'm talking to you): you're working in Office.

    No relationship to the CloudOn developer/s - just a really satisfied customer
    CloudOn, as reviewed by PC World, does indeed support PowerPoint, at least in some features.

    And as of the Review date, it's FREE!
    -- Bob Primak --

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