Cloud-based services have fast become The Next Big Thing, particularly for mobile devices with always-on data connections. OnLive is a pioneer in this category, providing cloud-based gaming to a rabid user base for some time now, but what’s in store for the company’s second act? How about an iPad app that brings a slick, touch-based Windows 7 experience complete with Microsoft Office and 2GB of cloud storage, all for free? OnLive Desktop makes it possible.
When it comes to wrangling the power of the cloud, few companies have done it as well as OnLive, the folks who have revolutionizing online gaming. Thankfully for us, they aren’t going to stop there. On Thursday, a new iPad app arrives called OnLive Desktop, which brings the full Windows 7 desktop experience to Cupertino’s beloved tablet -- and it’s free.
There are many ways to save and share on the iPad, but until now it wasn’t so easy to turn most anything into a PDF document with a tablet. That’s where PDF Converter comes in, the latest productivity app from Readdle that easily converts Microsoft Office, iWork, web pages and more into PDF files, right on your iPad.
If it's one thing that really grinds my gears, it's how Outlook manages to crash every morning -- like clockwork -- as I'm doing my daily email rounds. I keep sending Microsoft those Error Reports, but nothing! The other thing that really gets me are Word and Excel's memory-hogging tendencies. And maybe I need more RAM to get things going a little faster, but not everyone is capable of such an upgrade just to get a few "simple" applications to go a little faster. If you're just as fed up as I am, here's a few open source alternatives that don't hog your resources and do the exact same job.
My iPad 2 is better than my old PC laptop in many ways, except one. As a businessperson, I still need to work with Microsoft Office files on a daily basis. What do I have to do to edit Office files on my iPad? And is it possible to sync them back when I’m done?
If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, a number of Apple's competitors must be blushing in the wake of WWDC 2011. With Cupertino's unveiling of iMessages -- a service that may sound all too familiar to users of RIM's BlackBerry messaging service -- and a number of system tweaks for iOS that mimic the features offered by a number of apps available via the Cydia App Store, it appears that Apple is paying close attention to what their business rivals have been doing.
As stoked as we are to see these great perks coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall, we feel there's a few more tricks that Apple could learn from the other guys. Here are five of our favorites.
We feel your pain, Office 2011 users--and so does Microsoft. While the release last fall of Microsoft’s seminal productivity suite took great strides in bringing Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Mac into parity with the Windows versions, it also fell woefully short in a few key areas. Help is on the way as an SP1 update for Office 2011 will be released next week, and the main new feature is improved syncing. But there’s a catch…
When things go awry, especially with Wi-Fi networks, it can be frustrating trying to track down the culprit. Before you start moving appliances and drilling holes into your walls, why not take look at our common issues with networks and how to correct them so you can get back to watching Netflix in the garage.
We've seen what Apple could dish up when it came to word processing, and we've seen the competitors bring occasionally impressive functionality to this realm. We've even seen word processing on the iPhone, which, while not glamorous or particularly easy, is still nice. Spreadsheets were likewise a solid contender for data crunching even if there were some major shortcomings in the apps which sought to dethrone Numbers from its rightful place.
The third and final installment is at last at hand. Presentations, the scourge of corporate meetings.
Back when it was just the iPhone, there wasn't much demand for mobile word processing, but when the iPad came along, people expected full computer functionality. Apple heeded the call with mobile versions of iWork, but Microsoft Office still remains king of document software. The popular .doc is still the number one format with a bullet, and a variety of office-based software has arisen to handle it.
In our special cage match office productivity App Showdown, we go three rounds to find out who is the undisputed master of the mobile domain, Apple or its competitors.