Is there anything new on the IPP that makes working with MS Office any better?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Booji, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Booji macrumors 6502a

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    One of my biggest complaints of the iPad and iOS is that while my current Air 2 has the power and the apps to really work in the traditional productivity environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), I've just never been able to make it work for me with the touch interface. Somehow I just seem to need a touchpad or mouse.

    I'd love to upgrade to the Pro if there if I could do my normal Office work in it. Does the Pencil or new keyboard help?
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Yes, they help. But they still don't replace a laptop.
     
  3. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What is so frustrating is that iOS does not allow a pointer (mouse or trackpad) interface. It would really make the iPad a true do-it-all device. I'm sure there are a lot of strategic reasons for it, but I just don't get it!
     
  4. Fuzzball84 macrumors 6502

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    I agree. The mouse is still my most favorite input device, whether it be a trackpad or actual 'mouse'. I personally have my productivity diminished massively on any tablet without this and a good keyboard. The iPad pro keyboard is actually superb to type on.
     
  5. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I have to agree with ZBoater. I now do most of my computing on my iPad, but I like the touch interface. If you need a mouse/trackpad, I don't think the Pencil quite makes up for that.
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    And I hated the mouse when GUI first became widespread, and always used it as little as possible. That habit is now paying off by making transition to touch interface easier. :D
     
  6. Fuzzball84 macrumors 6502

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    I think it depends on the tasks being performed and how comfortable you are with the different inputs :)
     
  7. Jasmynp macrumors 6502

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    It's still stripped of some key features because of the locked down backend. I was able to do much more with MS Office on a nexus 9 than I can on an IPP 12.9. I still use my iMac when I want to do "real" work.
     
  8. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't really want a laptop replacement, but at least an 80% solution. For example, I find it extremely frustrating to select and move text in a document, or edit a moderately complex excel formula. I can manage only basic shape manipulation in PowerPoint. I can do basic edits, but if I were to create a new document it would be pretty unproductive and the output would be constrained by the limitations of me being able to manipulate shapes and text.
     
  9. jamesrick80 macrumors 68000

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    We need a mouse or trackpad...enough said...
     
  10. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just add a mouse capability, and offer a small portable mouse like the Microsoft Wedge mouse...the new Pro would be my dream device!
     
  11. jeremiah256 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm old (WordStar user back in the day) and so even on a traditional computer still use shortcut keys to navigate around. When I pair my Apple keyboard to our iPad, I don't miss a mouse at all. The issue I see is that without the ability to open multiple versions of the same app, the iPad as a laptop replacement will have limitations. It is not uncommon to need to cut and paste from two or more Word documents or other Microsoft applications in my workflow. I can do workarounds, but that is not optimal. Still, an iPad while on the road is still preferable to carrying around the company laptop, which is overkill.
     
  12. JD2015 macrumors 6502

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    Hope they don't add mouse support but instead concentrate on the software. If want mouse support on a touch device will use a MacBook instead as that what it is currently optimized for. Alternatively if want a touchscreen with full desktop then a Windows device may suit your needs better. If your company supports Citrix then they have mouse support.

    Office however, is a good example of successful move from desktop interface to touchscreen. It just needs some added functions to it and developed going forward. I get frustrated with office on iOS as miss being able to insert TOC, bibliography in word documents. The Apple Pencil gives office some great features which are not to be found in the desktop version so also works the other way round.
     
  13. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    Why can't the iPad pair with a Bluetooth Apple Magic Mouse. That would be life changing
     
  14. jamesrick80 macrumors 68000

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    If that's not in iOS 10, I will be drastically disappointed
     
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Then you are setting yourself up to be disappointed.
     
  16. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. I just don't understand why they don't enable mouse support. Then the user can decide whether they want to use this option.
     
  17. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It would certainly unlock the "Pro" capabilities that already exist in the hardware and software.
     
  18. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    It really drives me crazy they won't allow you to pair a Bluetooth mouse as a hidden feature for the pro users that would actually do it.

    I do it all the time on my jailbroken iPad and it is simply phenomenal, particularly for things that really really need a precision pointer like excel.
     

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