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“HopTo”: A free 3rd party solution for Microsoft Office on the iPad.

Let’s face it, Apple’s recent attempt to “harmonize” the iWork user experience

HopTo: an app for managing Microsoft Office files on the iPad

across all devices is nothing short of a digital disaster.  Just read the Apple Support Communities message boards and you’ll learn very quickly that dumbing down Pages (Apple’s answer to Word) and Numbers (supposed to be like Excel) and Keynote (Powerpoint) not only enraged power users of iWork but has reminded us why Microsoft has been and will continue to be the industry standard for office software.

While iWork’s recent growing pains have given Microsoft shareholders much to cheer about, Skydrive’s monthly payment plan to use Microsoft office in the cloud has not taken off as expected. It just feels like a money grab (which might explain why Apple released iWorks for free). With Steve Ballmer stepping down rumours are flying about that Microsoft Office may yet be made available for the iPad. Until that day happens (if ever) there is a free cloud-base alternative to managing your Microsoft Office PC/Mac documents on your iPad. If you’re interested, read on.  Continue reading ““HopTo”: A free 3rd party solution for Microsoft Office on the iPad.”