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Document Sharing with Microsoft Office Web Apps on the iPad

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Microsoft recently sent marketing email suggesting “seeing is believing” and that Microsoft Office Web Apps is the better choice for sharing documents. As proof, they encourage you to open their sample Excel spreadsheet in Office Web Apps versus Google Docs.

However, in reality, everyone simply wants their Office documents on an iPad.  So using Microsoft’s own samples, I tried to view their documents on an iPad versus a PC.  For brevity, I won’t focus on Google Docs - it looks crappy, as Microsoft intended - but let’s sample the Microsoft Office Web Apps document sharing experience on an iPad.

Document sharing with Microsoft Web Apps

The following video shows the Microsoft Web App experience on an iPad using Microsoft’s sample documents as provided in the marketing email.  You will notice Microsoft’s sample Excel spreadsheet on Safari in an iPad looks completely foreign versus the same spreadsheet displayed on a laptop (MacBook Air running Chrome in my case).  Making business decisions using these substandard views can be catastrophic.  This is why Coaxion’s document sharing technology automatically converts Office documents to PDF for fast, high quality viewing on iPad and iPhone.

Written by daviddsouza

March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Posted in iPad, Office365, tablets

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