So, I've posted once or twice, but making my official "Hi! I'm new here!" thread. I was gifted an iPad 2 (32gb, wifi) about 2 weeks ago when my mother "upgraded" to a new iPad (64gb, LTE) through her business. She only had the iPad 2 for about 7 months and while she did use it, she didn't do so as extensively as she could have. I've recently moved home and as part of my "keep" I'm to help her figure out how to get the most of her iPad so she can stop hauling her laptop everywhere and only take the iPad to offsite meetings. I've never had an iPad before (though I do have an iPhone 3GS) so I have a bit to learn as well. And even though I've had the iPhone, I didn't use it as extensively as I could have either. In fact, I would often go 6 months+ without connecting it to itunes. I also have no Mac experience...in fact, I worked for a PC manufacturer previously.
So, there's my brief background. Despite my ownership of the 3GS, consider me a baby when it comes to knowledge and understanding of iOS/iPhone/iPad/iTunes/iCloud, etc.
There are probably 2 or 3 (or more!) things I'm looking for immediate input on for my mother.
My mother's workplace uses Outlook and an Exchange server. Now, I haven't even looked at her iPad's built-in calendar yet to see how it does, but the catch that I will need help with is this: On her laptop, her view also includes a second calendar (a supervisor) to which she has read access. She needs to be able to see both calendars on her ipad if she is to start leaving the laptop behind. Can the built-in calendar app do this (and if so, how?) or what calendar app would be appropriate?
2. remote pc access / remote file access
Since the plan is to leave her laptop in the office, we'll need to make sure that on occasion she can remotely access either it or the server where her documents are stored so she can grab a file if she needs one that she didn't copy onto the iPad. Her office has a web site she can login to for access to her laptop...they are apparently running Small Business server 2003 with a "Remote Web Workplace" offering. Only problem is that it uses ActiveX, so you can't use it from Safari on the iPad. Probably the access to focus on is access to her laptop...so that she can also run a remote session of Word/Excel as needed and copy files to her Dropbox folder. I'm fairly certain she will NOT want to pay $129.99 for LogMeIn Ignition nor will she want to pay $$ for a monthly subscription (ie. LogMeIn Pro?). But I don't think we will really need sound or HD video. Are Jump Desktop or Splashtop the best options?
3. Note Taking
My mother is a list maker. LIST MAKER. So, I need an app that she can both type and handwrite into. Something that allows her to create folders for different projects. Something to put meeting minutes into (though she can/might also do that in Pages). And something that will sync to her iPhone. She doesn't need to be able to edit/write from the iPhone, but she needs to be able to access/refer to her notes.
I've been doing some reading and I think I have this figured out. We have my mom setup with Pages and Dropbox, so she can open documents. But, saving back to Dropbox would be nice too. My understanding is that maybe the easiest way to do this (and I need EASY! for her) is to use a WebDAV service (DropDAV/iSEMStorage/otixo) so that she can use the WebDAV option from Pages to save back to Dropbox. Is this right?
Thanks for any tips and feedback. If I should just re-ask some of these questions in either the iPad at Work section or the iPad apps section, just let me know. I know I'll have further questions as I figure out what I am looking for for myself!