Friday, April 17, 2009

Offices Galore?

For the record:
  • Quickoffice Inc has promised to ship their flagship software Quickoffice for the iPhone by the end of April.
  • Datavis has countered, stating that Documents To Go for the iPhone will be released in May.
  • There are rumblings and rumors from Redmond that Microsoft will release an iPhone version of MS Office.
  • And, we can only hope the Applie is working on an iPhone version of iWork.

So, during the next month we may finally see a full fledged office suite for the iPhone. Then with OS 3.0 we will hopefully see external keyboards for the iPhone... then we can leave the laptop at home!

With regards to the office suites, portability of documents is key, seamless synching from you desktop to the iPhone. Most people are not going to create a spreadsheet from scratch on the iPhone, the doc will be created on the desktop and referenced from the iPhone with the ability to edit. Also, note to Quickoffice... a spreadsheet without Cut, copy and paste is not real useful. I have been trialing Quicksheets, and re-entering formulas is not a lot of fun. There are better options: Spreadsheet, Plus, etc.

It will be interesting to see what the shipping products look like... time will tell.

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