Office for the iPad

Microsoft released Office for the iPad this past week, and a quick survey of some of our members has yielded, no surprise, mixed reviews. First, the complaints: massive app size – 200MB per application is seriously bloated. Can you open documents to view? We haven’t received a consistent answer to this.

It’s worth mentioning this brought back one complaint we’ve heard before, and that’s the move from a license purchase to an annual subscription basis, which we’ve seen many major software companies migrate to.

What’s your experience with Office for the iPad been? Any bugs, or hidden features you’ve encountered? LEt us know!

MS Office for Mac blog closes; new OS X Office coming?

Two items of note this past week: the Microsoft web site dedicated to the Office Suite of software for the Mac closed down, and a long-overdue update for the package appears imminent.

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The web site blog.officeformac.com posted an announcement this week that new content going forward would be posted on the office.com website; while not necessarily significant, it does suggest reinforcement of the Office suite of software being handled together, and not on a separate timetable, as it had in the past.

Then, this week at the Cebit tradeconvention in Germany, representatives from Microsoft acknowledged development of a new version of Office for the Mac, according to a report from Macworld, summarizing a story from Computerwoche. Reports suggest we should expect to hear more details and a timeline in the next few months from Microsoft.