Microsoft Office Mobile arrives on iOS

Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS

Microsoft Office Mobile for iOS

While people (literally) around the world awaits for the premiere of “Man of Steel”, folks at Redmond quietly launches Office Mobile for iOS. After years of speculation, Microsoft, yesterday released an Office version for iOS optimized for iPhone (ooops, sorry iPad).

The app requires a subscription license of Office through Office 365. Office Mobile is tied into SkyDrive associated with a user’s Office 365 credentials, so it is automatically in sync with your files in the cloud. Users can also open and edit file attachments from Mail and save them back to the cloud or mail them back. It also allows you to create new documents or open existing ones either by browsing folders in SkyDrive or by finding them through a recent files list which synchronizes with your recent files from desktop applications.

The app provides almost the same functionality as Office for Windows Phones devices which really comes in handy. There is no word yet for an Android version but it is safe to say that Microsoft is also leaning on that direction. And if you’re wondering where is the iPad version, that is unlikely to happen because of course, Office apps is one of the major sales push for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. It is also worth noting that Apple, as announced last week, will drop Google searches for Siri and will use Microsoft’s Bing instead for the next iOS 7 release.  Head past break for the images.

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Apple to sell fourth-generation iPad with 128GB, hit stores next week

iPad4 with Retina Display now available with expmanded 128GB capacity. Image (c) Apple

iPad4 with Retina Display now available with expanded 128GB capacity. Image (c) Apple

Apple today announced a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad with Retina display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi (prized at $799) and Wi-Fi + Cellular / LTE (prized at $929) models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps. The revamped iPad4, available on both black and white color is expected to hit the store on Tuesday, February 5th.

To me it looks like an attempt to undercut the Surface Pro 4 days before Microsoft’s release date. The new iPad has the same capacity as Microsoft’s Surface Pro running Windows 8 Pro and is expected to hit stores on February 9th. Microsoft made an announcement on the Pro’s release last January 22nd. Apple has been making a heavier push on their devices and tablets for the past months and it’s a good thing. Though iPad is a great device, I think Surface Pro will prevail because iPad, or suffice to say, Apple — have issues on innovation. They recently loses the “world’s most valuable company” title to ExxonMobil. The company has flat profits and the company’s stocks continue to dip. It rebounded though during today’s announcement of the iPad 128GB.