Haters will be haters, and whether it’s Apple or Microsoft that is the target, there is no arguing with those people who have a blind hatred of these particular brands. If you’re more open-minded, though, you probably are not averse to the idea of using Microsoft Office on your iPad – or Mac, for that matter.
You have to admit, while Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are pretty and do the job quite well, there are just some things that are more easily and better done on Microsoft Office.
And now, “the Office you love” is now on the iPad.
From the announcement on the Office Blogs:
Today, we unveiled Office for iPad® – specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel. But this isn’t simply Office on another device. We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad. We reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office.
But that’s not all – Microsoft Office is FREE for the iPhone (and Android phones)! That means you can create and edit documents without having to pay for an Office 365 subscription, which makes it interesting for hardcore Apple users.
Take a look at Microsoft Office for iPad in action.
Download Microsoft Office for iPad.
Take a look at Microsoft’s own promotional video above. Starting at the 35-second mark look at the terrible word spacing in the text that flows around the image… and this is just a plain square image that is being used to demonstrate text flow.
Then take a look at the how correct word spacing SHOULD look when flowed around images in Pages for iOS:
Even with odd shaped images (using transparent backgrounds) the word spacing in the flowed text looks right. Not the abomination that you see in Word for iOS.
Microsoft has never been concerned about typography in its Office apps. Word spacing, kerning, and leading have too often been completely disregarded.