Tonight is our annual Apple Update at TMUG, and I'm a bit dizzy from how much has been released in the past six weeks! And yet, I'm still only moderately tempted to trade in my third-gen iPad for a newer model. It's not that I don't think they're wonderful machines or not worth the money - far from it. But this unit was just replaced under AppleCare Plus at the end of the summer, and shows no sign of slowing down. How can I justify getting a new one in a new form factor when this one does everything I want? (I know - first world problems. Sorry.)
So, killing time before the meeting, enjoying a cuppa joe at Cup-a-Joe, along with a nice cookie, I casually updated the club's web site, read a bunch of news and email, and wrote this post.
And, yes, I busted out the keyboard.
Don't know if you read the news or not, but it seems there are cracks in the monolithic wall that is Microsoft. They have just announced that, not only is their new software available for iPad and iPhone (Android coming soon), but personal use of their Office 365 online storage (which is required in order to actually edit files - FAIL!) is now free. This from the company whose former CEO maintained to the end that only "real" PCs could use office and do "real work." I still haven't tried any of their Office apps, since iWork and the other connected apps I use long ago convinced me of the opposite - that you can and should create content from a mobile device. It's nice to know that their new CEO is starting to remember that they are, at the end of the day, a software company, and they need to offer their software on the platforms that their customers use, not try to force customers to use their platform in order to pay for the privilege of using their software.
In other news, I hear Hell has frozen over.
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