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All -- technology a lot of people think the iPad as just kind of a consumption device or device used for entertainment purposes watched game of the run turns over and over again to the point that well it's troubling.
Walt Mossberg however is Texas and apps that help boost productivity on the tablet.
He -- a personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal in DC did I ever before as the Walt you look at a number of days -- you put all these apps are the same test right.
I did dead day in and Connell and I have to say I am I do also watched game of rounds on the iPad but.
And that's the studio that you can do.
You can do that but you could also do spreadsheet she can do presentations you can do word pressing fact.
I wrote my entire column this week on an iPad.
And so I really wrote this -- partly because I got tired of seeing.
Particularly Wall Street analysts and industry analysts who costly call the iPad and other tablets.
You know media consumption devices is not the -- -- that.
But we like to consume media but there's huge numbers of productivity apps -- that apple App Store.
And I looked at a bunch of them that are basically meant to emulate Microsoft Office because Microsoft has not put Microsoft Office.
On the iPad or android or even on their own tablets in the eighth.
Tablet oriented way in a touch tablet oriented version -- working on it.
They haven't done it so I looked it just for -- -- there -- more than four of them actually.
And no one of the interesting things I discovered is if you know what the number one all time he did.
Download paid apple set for the iPad is I can guess.
-- -- -- -- -- I work if it's one part of our work called -- pages it's a word processor.
And this been downloaded more times than any of the paid versions of Angry Birds.
So -- -- and there's plenty of Angry Birds on on ipads and I'm not against that but the point is.
People do do.
Work and productivity on -- patents and so I took a look at these I made eight.
Document that's very simple word type document.
You know with different colored text different styles -- I inserted a photo.
And made it at the same document on each of these four -- I tested right and that night and then I am exported done email them to myself.
In word format and looked on.
Windows and Mac in the versions of word official Microsoft Word on there just to see what the fidelity was no -- that they come out looking right.
And for the most part they did there were there was one that didn't but they did and then I took a 23 page PowerPoint presentation.
That have been created on a windows PC in PowerPoint.
And saw how it how it looked on these apps and you know.
It looked and for good on to a bum and not so good on two other one cells there are some issues are still some.
Fidelity issues and all that but if you are doing -- a basic document a simple.
If you don't gonna do it's 43 page complicated PowerPoint I still think he should use.
A piece here a Mac but if you're going to do what most people do which is much simpler stuff than that.
The iPad is perfectly good for that.
So clever and John by the way we have to do those we don't do it down 123 points -- that would have to -- PowerPoint presentations and excel spread -- just -- so -- before -- but we've been listing them they were on the side of the -- you probably saw them as long was talking but just to recap.
I work quick office up pro HD -- pad cloud on.
Those are the four you wanted that good for the purpose here we don't have.
As much damage did your column of but he probably either has or will read -- at the journal.
And get all the details he wanted to pick a -- -- do is is that not -- that not a fair question.
I -- well.
Here's what I will do I'll explain one thing because I know we don't -- -- limited time here.
Two of these.
Our local on the iPad they store their files locally on that -- although they can store them on the cloud somewhere.
Two to iCloud or Dropbox or something like that but and and those are I work and quick office pro HD.
To the two of the others that I looked at what -- cloud on an Astro had taken different approach.
The eight years have an app that it you have to be on -- to use it.
And it basically.
Takes you to a copy of and Microsoft Office or a clone of Microsoft Office running on a PC.
On -- server somewhere remotely.
And you're trying to manipulate it with touch pop -- on the iPad it's a little bit.
Difficult because they really were built for the mouse but that brought the -- there is that because you're looking.
At a much more full featured.
-- a program.
On a computer.
You get many more features and you get better fidelity and those of the two basic approaches -- from Walt Mossberg is always thanks we'll -- against -- -- --
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