Dave Kinsey 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Is Microsoft Office coming to the iPad? I have clients and employees that rave to me about their iPad and love using it to access the office remotely. Some use "naked" iPads, others have a nifty little case with a keyboard. They can access full Word and Excel via a remote session - Remote Web Access or Terminal Server. They also like Apple's Mail app. However, they've asked when they can have real Microsoft Word or Excel running natively on their iPad. More recently, there are rumors that Microsoft Office will be released on iTunes and Google Play to run natively on iPad, iPhone, and Android. "Reliable sources" indicate a target date of November. As we go to press, however, there is no official word from Microsoft. Microsoft WILL be including a copy of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote in Windows RT for no additional charge. Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 squarely targeted at the iPad. Windows 8 As I indicated in last month's article, Windows 8 is scheduled for release in October 2012. With a dramatic new look & feel called "Metro", performance improvements (especially boot-up performance), and the app store, Windows 8 is clearly designed with the tablet in mind. However, Windows 8 is also the next edition of Microsoft's flagship software running on 92% of the world's PCs. Although the interface is radically different, the core operating system is relatively unchanged from Windows 7. Windows RT Windows 8 will be released in 3 versions: • Windows 8 (home) • Windows 8 Pro (office) • Windows RT The first two versions run on Intel PCs which have been the standard since the birth of the PC. Essentially all Windows PCs and modern Macs run on Intel processors. Windows RT is a version of Windows 8 designed for ARM processors. ARM has been the CPU of choice for tablets and smartphones as they are more power-efficient and less expensive than Intel, but lack Intel's processing power. The two versions look identical, and newer applications developed for Metro should run seamlessly on both. Older Windows applications will only run on the Intel versions of Windows 8, not Windows RT. By including Office 15 (aka Office 2013) in Windows RT, Microsoft is looking to include a "killer app" for its "iPad killer" out of the gate. Over time, as support for older applications becomes less important, Windows RT is likely to be an increasingly compelling option. What About Your Office? You should ideally be on Windows 7 for all of your office PCs or well on the way to getting there. Connecting into the office from PCs at home or via iPad or Android should continue to work well and each has their place. Any investments in Windows 7 and Office 2010 are solid investments that will last many years to come. Especially with the radical change in the Windows 8's interface, we'll definitely want to take a wait-and-see approach after it's released. Long before it was officially released, we could see that Windows 7 was going to be extremely solid. Still, we tested limited pilot deployments for four months after its official launch before we declared it our recommended operating system for new PCs and laptops. We'll continue to test and evaluate technology and I'll keep you updated. If you have any questions about what you're doing with tablets, mobile, or your Microsoft environment, please send me an email. I'd be glad to review what you're doing and give you feedback or assistance.
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