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    Quote Originally Posted by kmroed View Post
    Until there is a workable MS Office Suite available for iPad, what do you suggest be used by a iPad user who would like to have Document and Spreadsheet capability? What existing App will provide the best results?

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    There is no simple answer to that question. Pages and Numbers from Apple are good consumer level word processing and spreadsheet apps and can read MS Office files. However, they have limitations when spreadsheets get complicated (i.e formulas) and there is a reason that MS Office on the Mac outsells Apple's own office automation products. In addition, the iPad versions of these products lack features available in the Mac environment.

    Documents to Go is a long-standing MS Office "simulation" suite that does a pretty good job of reading/writing MS Office files. It, too, has limitations when the spreadsheets are complex and when formatting in Word documents is complicated. Same true for Quick Office HD.

    Best route is to try the various contenders. If one doesn't suit your needs, don't hesitate to ask for store credit from iTunes for your purchase and move on to an alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmroed View Post
    Until there is a workable MS Office Suite available for iPad, what do you suggest be used by a iPad user who would like to have Document and Spreadsheet capability? What existing App will provide the best results?

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    Apple ..Pages , key note and numbers. They are the best Office apps as i will not spend a dime on any MS products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmroed View Post
    Until there is a workable MS Office Suite available for iPad, what do you suggest be used by a iPad user who would like to have Document and Spreadsheet capability? What existing App will provide the best results?

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    Welcome to the forum! There are several threads already discussing various apps that work very well with MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. Feel free to post comments and questions there. Here's some more information about iPad Apps for Business Use:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsh1120 View Post
    It will certainly be interesting to see if Microsoft takes this step. And if they do how much of the functionality of Office can actually be accommodated in the iPad. After all, Apple is apparently unable to provide fully featured versions of Pages and Numbers for the iPad. Likewise, the various Office emulators (e.g. Documents To Go, Quick Office HD, etc.) do not provide some of the advanced features of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    I more or less expected Microsoft to reserve ports of their office software to the tablet version of Windows 8. If they decide to market a version for the iPad it suggests Microsoft may be less bullish on the prospects for Windows 8 tablets than they've maintained.
    Not sure if Apple ever wanted to provide fully featured versions of Pages and Numbers for the iPad. I am sure they could provide other features if they wanted to, but they had to decide what us users want and what to leave out, and this always makes some users wondering why Apple left out this feature or that feature. Perhaps Pages is what it is by design. I can generally be as productive with Pages as I am with Word.

    I no longer guess about what some new Vaporware promises. We just do not know what MS is up to. I might switch if it gave me the ability to save documents where and how I want to save them as well as the ability to create templates. For now, I have Pages and iFile and that gets the job done.
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