* Posts by Captain Queeg

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

Captain Queeg

> That'd be a good concept - produce a module that established watch makers can incorporate into their designs.

Agreed - if the case became a standard that the module could be transplanted in to or out of.

Being able to Upgrade the hardware module while retaining the "luxury" case would be a lovely way to combat obsolesce.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Captain Queeg

Re: And what do you *lose* moving off ICS ?

"How can they not make a phone that works with out needing to download a ton of spam filled apps?"

Because that delicious spam filling pays for the underlying "free" OS (free to the manufacturer mind, not to us!). No such thing as a free lunch. You're as bad burned as scalded or any other down home expression you can think of...

Capitalism is a double edged sword.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

Captain Queeg

...Fall back?

Is it just me that's amused that only half the aide memoir was used in the event name? :-)

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

Captain Queeg

"Considering that there are more app developers for Android than iOS, isn't going by a percentage (saying so many percent of iOS developers make so much money or more vs so many Android developers) make it seem like there are more iOS developers making the threshold when in fact more Android developers could be making it?"

True enough, but by the same logic doesn't that mean more Android Devs are failing the threshold too?

I don't quite see why you see percentages as invalid? They seem representative to me and far better for analysis. Working on absolute numbers would be like asserting that 10p Bic Biros must be inherently easier to lose than Parker Duofolds simply because Bic sell more units.

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Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

Captain Queeg

Re: Yeah, no.

> What part of "unless you set up a policy to bin them" is causing you trouble?

That's a fair point, but It's broadly similar to concerns around the UK's Porn filter.

There'll be a (slightly paranoid) suspicion that one day some over zealous prosecutor tries to brand changing the default setting as "actively destroying emails" and therefore clear evidence of wrong doing - "You were given the ability to store all email forever at no extra cost and you actively chose not to and switched it off? Are those the actions of an innocent man? Etc, etc..."

Should something like that ever to go to court, regardless of local retention laws, it's anyone's guess how the chips would fall. I imagine a lot would hinge on the state of M'Lord's Haemorrhoids on the day.

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

Captain Queeg

Hubris on who's part though?

"Apple has something to bring to the computer business - it has nothing to offer the car business."

Isn't that what conventional wisdom said about the phone market? I seem to recall Steve Balmer certainly took that view...

Not saying you're wrong but are the likes of GM,Ford, VAG et al fundamentally much different to Nokia - long established, entrenched, complacent - fat and happy?

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Google cuts Microsoft and pals some slack in zero-day vuln crusade – an extra 14 days tops

Captain Queeg

Re: More Eyes on Code

90 Days is time to do "something" but given the amount of regression testing that must be required it's probably only time to cobble something together in an unstructured and untested way.

I'm sure MS could be more fleet of foot than they are, but I'm equally sure continuing to drive this agenda is the wrong way to improve things.

This is little more than a pi**ing competition.

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Captain Queeg

Hmmm....

"if the date of a patch disclosure deadline falls on a weekend or a public holiday, Google now says it will hold off on its disclosure until the next working day"

That's big of them...

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

Captain Queeg

Re: Remember...

in the UK we're all expected to park on the Motorway...

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

Captain Queeg

Re: Time to cancel ...

Thank you - my bad! :-)

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Captain Queeg

Re: Time to cancel ...

Agreed! And actually The Guardian's stance probably sums things up nicely.

Murdoch (and I can't stress enough my dislike of the Murdoch press) set up a paywall. The message is clear - if you value his journalism you pay a fee to enjoy it.

The Guardian on the other hand, snipes away at that same paywall, spouting puff after sanctimonious puff about content being free and rejecting a pay model:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/blog/2010/jul/02/welcome-to-guardian-co-uk-for-former-times-readers

To quote - "We're very sorry you awoke to find you could no longer read your newspaper online without a credit card and we feel your pain". Indeed...

Is the implication of that quote (That you can read The Grauniad without giving them your credit card details) still true? Yes, but isn't it also now also just a little disingenuous?

In the end we're either going to have to come to accept being the product or accepting we have to pay for things. :-/

As you say, time to uninstall...

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

Captain Queeg

Re: @Truffle

we're furiously agreeing here. :-)

Tizen would be a bold move, but it's the only one that makes sense strategically as a phone only play. The other Strategic options are to get out of the phone business or as you say tie their Android handsets to the internet of things via a closed app/API.

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Captain Queeg

Re: Apple does not bake their own silicon

> Or put their money where their mouth is and fork Android, or use Tizen.

Well said. Use the profits to differentiate. Change or die...

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Captain Queeg

@Truffle

I doubt Apple care, they seem to make phones a lot of people do like.

In the end, the measure of any business isn't marketing spend, cost base, market share or any metric beyond return on investment.In this world, rightly or wrongly profits and therefore ROI count. And actually in the long term Apple don't matter to Samsung,

Sansung are dependent on Google, which is strategic suicide, just as any x86 system builder is dependent on Microsoft. The only possible outcome where manufacturers can't differentiate is a race to the bottom.

The bottom line is IOS can do a few things Android can't, just as Android can do a few things IOS can't, but Samsung currently can do nothing HTC, Hauwei or any other Android licensee can't do - usually more cheaply.

Samsung have done well to defy gravity for so long, but the pressure will always there in the market they're in.It's reaching the point where even Blackberry look like having a better proposition, not better than Android, but better than any single licensee.

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Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike

Captain Queeg

Re: according to a report.

Good point - i may be mistaken, but IIRC the original report said this wasn't fixable in software/firmware.

So I wonder if that was correct or FUD. I'm not sure 10.10.2 makes things any clearer one way or the other.

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T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: 'Apple Watch is the tipping point'

Captain Queeg

Re: Second!!!!

I have a slightly different take.

I *love* a well made watch just as some *love* vinyl and just as I write with a good quality fountain pen - because i like the feel and experience. I used to wear a watch every day.

But, even though I have 5 pretty high end expensive time pieces on my bedroom dresser, I now *never* put one on (save interviews, weddings etc.). I've thought about why this is and the best i can do is simply that a wrist watch doesn't have enough added value (features?) for me to spend the time pulling it on - which might sound odd, but is the truth - so I rely on my phone.

So far nothing i've seen in the wearable stakes has made me consider one, not even the iWatch which is probably the most functionally rich offering but still leaves me cold.

The cellphone, it seems to me is the new pocket watch - but unlike the pocket watch it has sufficient added value not to be replaced by the convenience of a wrist watch.

The secret to adoption (if there will ever be one) will be a killer app of some description but I can't see where it's coming from.

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Watch out, Samsung! 3 of top 5 smartphone makers are now Chinese

Captain Queeg

Re: three of top five...

That's a fair point but taken in the round it's worse news for Samsung than Apple.

Whatever the relative merits of iOS and Android, if anyone wants iOS they can only but it from Apple. The closest Samsung has is Touch-Wiz, which doesn't have the same draw as it's tied to Android and increasingly Google services.

Samsung are going to get eaten by the rise of the Chinese more than Apple because their point of distinction is so less defined or embedded. I expect Apple will continue a steady decline and settle at 8-10%, but I can't see where Samsung will settle.

It's a more or less perfect copy of the PC world with Apple using (often purely emotional) pulls and selling standard kit at margins Wintel vendors can only dream of - Nice work if you can get it.

Strategically, if they wanted to be a major long term player in the phone market, Samsung should have stuck with Tizen and gritted it out.

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Security holes in iOS? We've heard of them, says Apple (as it fixes vanishing ringtones)

Captain Queeg

Surely?

Any decent factory car kit these days includes voice dial? Unlike Siri that'll be optimised for the car mic, etc. too.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

Captain Queeg

Re: Ok

Let's hope it's not in the same way MS Office revolutionised computing education...

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

Captain Queeg

> Why would I want to pay through the nose to be effectively locked into the Amazon ecosystem?

That's a really good point, but Apple seem to have been able to achieve it and if anyone should be able to, it should be Jeff?

Maybe the iPod>>iPhone migration path is just more compelling than the Kindle>>Fire Phone. Certainly the kindle seems less like a natural feed to a phone than the iPod classic does, but not massively so.

The thing that puts me off is Firefly - very clever for sure, but the idea of paying Bezos top money to allow me to buy more from him more easly just grates.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

Captain Queeg

Telling...

Given Redmond's hold on the corporate desktop it genuinely surprises me that WinPhone isn't seen as gunning as number one. Apple are a mess in the enterprise and even if they make a real effort to catch up MS have all the experience in-house.

Managing corporate deployments of IOS seems to be a nightmare, so why does so much mindset still sit there? - I'm genuinely curious.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Captain Queeg

@Ledswinger

"It's the whole aesthetic rather than the sound quality ...."

"Not it isn't. It's about pantomime, and the pretence of sound quality."

I agree there's probably some confirmation bias in using Vinyl, but is that such a bad thing? If anyone derives pleasure from the process, regardless of it being aesthetic or pantomime, what's the harm?

Personally, my Vinyl went the way of all plastic years ago and it won't be making a return. But Enjoyment of music in whatever form factor can't ever be described as objective. Fidelity is only part of the equation - one of my favourite tracks is the original pressing of "Try a little Tenderness" - mastered on to CD full of hiss, distortion and obvious loss of fidelity at the recording stage - but it adds to the atmosphere of the track immensely even on "clinical" CD.

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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

Captain Queeg

Cant see it myself...

... if anything they look like lumias to me.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Captain Queeg

Re: Confused

"What would Mr. Jobs have said?!"

Probably "Jagwire"?

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

Captain Queeg

Re: Do iPhones/iPads allow SIM swap without a restart

I have to disagree - swapping SIMs on an iPhone is a royal pain - can I ever find that s*dding SIM unlocking tool?

I've reached the point of having ordered 100 of them so i can keep a stock to lose as I'm not about to start using bent paperclips on delicate electronics.

Any system that's "fingers only required" seems far better to me.

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Foxconn exec on iPhone 6: You're BENDING it WRONG

Captain Queeg

Re: “Hands are made* to shake hands, not for bending,” he advised.

And that's just what they do? :-)

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

Captain Queeg

Re: Still don't get it...

Because not everybody is happy being told what they can and can't do with the device that they have purchased.

Fair enough and it's a very valid point, but that doesn't answer the question posed of why anyone would *need* to. Prefer to, maybe, but regardless of any distinction between IOS or Android, the basic point is play with fire for whatever reason and you have to accept you may just get brunt.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

Captain Queeg

Re: particularly acute for the long-suffering women of the western world?

Not every woman, my wife keeps her phone in her bra... :-/

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Captain Queeg

@Alistair - Re: Once some players drop out then....

So still profit then, just expected rather than current?

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

Captain Queeg

@Paul Shirley

Apple were late to the mp3 player market and it didn't seem to hold them back.

Not that I'm not sceptical, I reached the point years back where my phone had replaced my watch.

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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

Captain Queeg

Jokes aside, this does look like the mother of all vanity projects

I'm sure there's a business case for a big campus site, but not for one that's as much form as function.

History records many examples of hubristic companies who massaged their own egos out of existance. BSkyB took on the undeniably chic Marco Polo House as their (expensive) head office, while Sky took on a functional "shed" somewhere near Romford. Both were suited to the companies needs but one was built to a reasonable budget while the other was more or less pure excess.

Activities like these don't condemn a company but they do signpost the management mindset.

If I were Cook, I'd be spending less on head office and more on testing/R&D or other activity that benefits end customers and therefore Apple's competitive position...

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

Captain Queeg

Re: One as bad as another

I have EE4G on my iPad and Three on my phone.

To be fair to three, while their customer service is less than great, so long as you grit your teeth you can *usually* get away with just the one awful testing call.

EE on the other hand seem able to set new levels of incompetence at every turn. I've *never* had a first call fix with EE.

Now, compare that record to the consistently stellar performance of Orange Customer Services in the early-mid 90s. What on earth went wrong? Oh yes, I remember, France Telecom...

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

Captain Queeg

Re: they already destroyed the evidence.

Or do "they" just hide it better now?

Would foil wrapping my handset help? :-)

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Captain Queeg

Unacceptable

Even for a consumer machine.

I quite like the iMac form factor as most if not all it's target market won't upgrade much at all, but memory and storage are the two most likely upgrades so it seemed logical and sensible to leave an upgrade path.

Disappointing...

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

Captain Queeg

It's a bit...

... 80's porn mansion for my taste.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

Captain Queeg

Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

Jobs wasn't ever averse to sticking the boot in. Endless references to cheap plasticky buttons slides of BlackBerry keyboards and such. The BSOD on the OSX windows share icon too.

Oh yes, he could mix it with the best (worst?) in the most childish of ways...

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Crikey! Three can buy O2, EU regulator says

Captain Queeg

Re: Really Voda?

Let's not forget the then market leader Vodafone UK were overtaken by orange when it was run by Hutchison so my guess is they're running scared.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Captain Queeg

Re: The Disabled, Sitting at Home

@Kurt Guntheroth

<irony>

That's just Sour Grapes. Who are you to criticise the authors "I'm all right Jack" approach. Your independence obviously isn't worth 5 minutes on his or anyone else's journey time....

</irony>

To be fair, the whole article is a crock, if this had been written 100 years ago, it'd be claiming the Wright Brothers were insane and Henry Ford would do better using Eugenics to breed a faster horse. :-/

Google are experimenting which is great. And while we're on the subject of Henry Ford these critics who scoff might well remember his quote - "if you think you can, or you think you can't, you're probably right..."

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

Captain Queeg

Re: For added irony, on the story's page

> btw, how do you encrypt a pigeon?

With a blender? No, actually, that may introduce a degree of latency to delivery of messages.

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Hey, we'll do 4G for £15, says O2 (just mind how you go on the 1GB limit)

Captain Queeg
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Re: Bloody hell, they sound determined...

So per second billing goes by the wayside?

Not quite sure what to make of that, Orange used it as a fantastic launch gimmick, but I guess in these days of inclusive thirty-day contracts with hundreds or thousands of minutes included It's a bit of a moot point these days.

I think the bigger story at the moment are the new EE tariffs and mobile broadband. Now that contracts from the other networks are available, it looks like the margins are finally being squeezed. I spoke to them this morning and they trebled my 4G broadband data allowance whilst simultaneously cutting the monthly cost by £2. Whilst that still doesn't make it be offering quite as cheap as Three, it does bring it into the same ballpark.

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

Captain Queeg

Re: GPS is shite ....

You're dead right, GPS lacks local knowledge and experience. But...

What GPS does do is give a consistent arrival time, maybe not quickest or easiest, but consistent.

I guess it's the McDonalds model, the food will be bland and you can easily do better if you know the local area but a Big Mac will take your hunger away and the loos will be guaranteed to be clean...

Also, FWIW, for medical reasons, I've started regularly using black cabs over the last 6 months and I've found the drivers generally OK. On the other hand, perhaps I'm just as bigoted as them? :-)

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FINGERS CROSSED: Apple and Samsung said to be hammering out settlement

Captain Queeg

Re: Unfortunate turn of events?

Well, looking at it objectively, Apple here are the common denominator and the most litigious, so my guess is they've decided to draw a line.

I guess the more interesting question is why? A number of options spring to mind - in no particular order:

1.Fear of defeat - possible and with the precident it would set potentially very damaging.

2.A genuine waking up and smelling the increasing expensive legal coffee - again possible but I think probably the most unlikely reason.

3. Management time - Cook has talked about the next big thing being imminent and time spent in litigation is time spent away from what has to be more important stuff for Apple. Irrespective of the merits of whatever it is they're talking about launching, and it good be "insanely great" a turkey or anywhere in between, one thing I am sure of is that Cook won't want any distractions from it either internally or in the press, so by winding down hostilities he gets the most benign environment he can engineer to launch into.

On the other hand it could just be coincidence.,.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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"One can imagine no greater sucker..."

Top quality statement - The Reg at its best!

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

Captain Queeg

Re: So, let me get this right...

I agree. I'd have thought failing gracefully to unexpected input is always important in any process.

I struggle to understand why you received down votes.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

Captain Queeg

Odd strategy...

I have to say I think a defence of "we were working on it pre-patent" sounds quite desperate. As far as i'm aware (and no doubt if I'm wrong I'll be corrected) prior art needs to have been demonstrated and maybe even taken to market? "it was in the labs, honest" doesn't, I think, wash.

You invent something and I just claim under oath I thought of it first? Doesn't sound good....

Surely a better idea would be to just rubbish the patents with genuine prior art?

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The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

Captain Queeg

Re: Waste of space on the phone.

TuneIn on IOS on the other hand really is great.

Seems a shame to tar all versions with the same brush?

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

Captain Queeg

Re: Glasshole

The P is also silent as in swimming...

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

Captain Queeg

Re: Still better

Agreed,, in comparison Apple Maps still leave much to be desired, but Cupertino have the advantage that they don't rely on ad income and offer software to sell hardware.

If Google over egg things in the ad space, there will come a tipping point at which G Maps become too much of a faf to use given the layering of ads.

Not there yet granted, but things seem to be starting to go the same way as all that "value add" bloatware on windows PCs.

It's a delicate balancing act for them.

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Apple prevails in Siri marketing lawsuit

Captain Queeg

Re: "Apple made no promise that Siri would operate without fail"

So by that reasoning, if your mobile drops a call you expect it replaced? Likewise storm clouds impair your Satellite TV twice a year, so you want the dish replaced? That's what working without fail would mean.

The fact that something is software is a red herring.

In the UK at least a test of merchantable quality applies, not perfection. If perfection was the yardstick, we'd still be banging the rocks together. And love it or loath it, I don't think anyone could argue that the iPhone 4S was of merchantable quality. These litigants were chancers who got caught out.

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Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

Captain Queeg

Re: I struggle to see how Office could be useful on a tablet

I suffered a stroke last summer and it's left me with issues typing with my left hand.

Siri, Dragon Dictation and iWork have literally saved my career.

This is being dictated using a quality Plantronics headset in a quiet room and I've deliberately not corrected any mistakes there may be. Having used it all for a few months, there's an approach to dictation that allows software tools to get it right pretty much ninety nine percent of the time,

If Microsoft can arrive at this level of usability with enterprise integration, I'm sold.

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