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Word for iOS Redux (Review)

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Microsoft’s recently released update to the iOS word processing offering is, in short, pretty great. Microsoft has removed the Office 365 subscription requirement for editing and updated the iPhone version of the app, making editing Word documents possible on your iPhone and iPod touch.

My Macworld review, here.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 8th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

OneNote for Mac Review

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My review of OneNote for Mac is now available at

OneNote for Mac is a great app, although not yet as feature-rich as it’s Window’s counterpart or as capable as Evernote, it shows promise. Perhaps enough promise to make it your note taking app of choice.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 14th, 2014 at 10:07 am

Microsoft Word for iPad Review

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My Microsoft Word for iPad review is out , actually as of a couple of days ago.

The best version of Word I’ve used, maybe ever. It sports a very clean interface, has great compatibility with Office for Mac and PC and is a pleasure to use.

Highly recommended of Word is an app you need.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 6th, 2014 at 7:45 am

iBank Review and an Office for iPhone first Look

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My review of iBank for iPad is now up at I really like this app and it’s probably the time I’ve felt like a personal finance app for iOS held its own against similar apps on the Web or designed for your Mac.

On another note, you may also have missed my Macworld First Look at Office for iPhone. Not exactly a stellar app, but if you’re desperate, Office for iPhone just may offer you options in a pinch.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 25th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Microsoft Surface Allows People to Create

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I saw this earlier today in a post on The Loop by Peter Cohen, whose one word response is probably all that was necessary on the subject. But I can’t help but wonder where the heck the New York Times picks up clowns like Nick Bilton.

The iPad, for all its glory, suffers from one very distinct flaw: It’s very difficult to use for creation. The keyboard on the screen, although pretty to look at, is abysmal for typing anything over 140 characters. There isn’t a built-in pen for note-taking, either. Of course all of this is intentional by Apple. Although there are hundreds of third party products available, Apple doesn’t seem to want the iPad to be a creator, but more of a consumer.

No content creation? Seriously? On what planet?

“Paper of record”? Not anymore…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 30th, 2013 at 9:37 am

Microsoft’s Biggest Miss

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Like the curtain finally falling from the Wizard of Oz to find just a small, frail, man pretending to be far more powerful and relevant than he really was. Microsoft’s biggest miss was allowing the world to finally see the truth behind the big lie — they were not needed to get real work done. Or anything done, really.

Brilliant analysis. And, of note… I almost never use anything other than Pages or a straight text editor to write now.

Microsoft’s Biggest Miss |, via

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 18th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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Word for Mac 2011 Office Software Review

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My Word for Mac 2011 review posted this morning on In a word? Impressed. This is the first time in many years that I’ve come away from a Word review and felt like Microsoft wasn’t treating the Mac like some kind of second class citizen. The new Word is great, especially if you’re in a business where MS Office and PCs are the word processing tool of choice.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 28th, 2010 at 10:01 am