Apple gets Microsoft to show off productivity on the iPad Pro
Apple's press event in San Francisco got a surprise appearance by Microsoft, which announced it would launch an updated version of its Office apps for iOS 9 and the newly revealed iPad Pro tablet.
The iPad Pro could be described as somewhat 'Surface-like' (or a lot Surface like) with it's keyboard dock, kickstand and pen, sorry, Pencil. But since Apple's own iWork apps aren't a patch on Office, Cupertino and Redmond came together in an unholy union to show off productivity on Apple's new tablet. Because Microsoft is still the big dog in that yard.
Microsoft showed off how the updated Office apps will support split-view multitasking on the iPad Pro. It will also allow for those apps to be marked up with Apple's new Pencil stylus tool, including highlighters with thickness controls. Users can draw shapes in PowerPoint slides that will automatically convert into objects, with 20 different object types.
An unusual turn of events, for sure. Have your say in the comments below and for continued coverage be sure to visit our pals over at iMore
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Then again there are some fantastic brokerage software out there so this would be all one needed. Personally I'm not convinced and think the surface is the better bet but we'll see how it does.
Game over Microsoft. IPad Pro is the Surface killer
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Then remind them that they can do the same thing on a Surface, for half the cost.
But for other people who are programmers and developers, and designers, video editors, photographers... this is just useless, so where is the Pro in this device? yes, it's just a name and some people will fall for that, but it doesn't change it's dumb to call it that way for splitscreen and office.
2. I am talking about other people who need a real PRO device because they do NOT work only with office, or they don't work with office at all, or are they not pro? Tell me, what can this do comapred to older iPads? split screen for what? have to documents open. well that sounds like a waste of money (we know it will not be cheap) when you can have the same limited office on your iPad "2014" and do the same thing, editing documents. and then, that would be useless to most people who need real software, people who are designers, programmers, animators, developers and fields like that.
And these mobile office apps are basic, you can't do much with them, for example my dad uses Excel for accounting stuff and do you think he can do the same thing on these limited apps? it's not =2+2 it's real excel stuff I never really got interested in. RT is dead anyway, that's why it won't get anything more. but this new iPad is advertised as PRO, while Microsoft never advertised RT as a Pro device because it was limited to what it could do, hence why they made Surface Pro which runs the software I mentioned, plus others like zbrush and rhino, Substance painter, etc, etc, etc. Others could have mention solidworks, revit, sketchup, manga studio, corel painter... my point is the same. is this only pro because it got office and split screen? well... that sounds dumb in my opinion. because in the end is the same toy device with limited Mobile apps that won't do what many people in the world do. I mean, for example... I wouldn't exactly call a person in a bank "pro" only because they are using Office word... and less if they use a Mobile version with limited features compared to desktop one. Like I said, this is my opinion. since I don't work with office and if I have to, I have the web version which I rarely open.
the only problem I think is that the new form factor will pick again ios developers interest luring them from developing for win 10 natively the up side is the new productivity apps optimized for this large screen would been better when converted to win 10
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