Too little, too late?

Microsoft Office is now available for the iPad. It’s a free download from the App Store, which let’s you read Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents on your iPad.

To unlock the editing and creation portions you need a subscription to Office 365 at at least USD 99 / year – yes, Apple get’s 30% of that.

From what I have read so far, people seem to like it, but I have to wonder if the long holdout time has made people realize that they really don’t need Office.

Time will tell.

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2013 in review: Apple and it’s competitors – AppleInsider.

Daniel Eran Dilger for AppleInsider:

Tech blogs and mainstream media reports in 2013 consistently presented Apple as beset by a series of unsolvable problems, from flagging sales and slipping market share to a generalized lack of innovation. In hindsight, the media was disastrously, egregiously wrong about the horses it chose to back in the technology market this year. Perhaps they’ll do a better job in 2014.

What a great piece of reporting on the facts.

MS Surface Pro Reality Distortion Field.

Yes, you read that right. Microsoft has a Reality Distortion Field built up around the botched Surface Pro launch.

All the reviews are really bad, but Microsoft took to Reddit yesterday and here’s the key points:

– The 64GB Surface Pro has useable space of 30GB, not 23GB. Whoopie-fuckin’-do…no seriously. Is that a joke?

A 64GB iPad has around 59GB of useable space, at a less expensive price point, with a better screen and an OS designed for touch.
But here’s the real kicker: To get to those 30GB of storage, you have to delete your recovery partition, meaning when things go wrong (remember, there’s no such thing as iCloud backup for the Surface) you have to do a bare metal installation…but we all know that nothing ever goes wrong in the Windows world, so you’re pretty safe, right?

– Most reviews found battery life of the Surface Pro to be abysmal. 3-4 hours, at most. Here’s Microsoft’s response:

If you compare it to say a MacBook Air, you will quickly see that pound for pound in battery size vs battery life, you will find optimizations that puts Surface best in its class.

No really, it’s a tablet, but we’re supposed to compare it to a laptop.

A laptop that actually has way more staying power than the Surface, and more storage space, and is thinner, and lighter, and looks better, and is made of better materials, and is more eco-friendly, and costs about the same. Ok.

You know how you compare battery life? You run the same stuff over and over again until the machine dies. Period. That’s the only way to get comparable results, not by doing funny math.