[Markdown inside] Working on an Android tablet: first six weeks
"Post-PC means post-Office
Mon May 13 12:36:51 2013 - permalink -
One area where tablets are really lacking is support for traditional office tools like word processors and spreadsheets. There is a Google Drive client, but it is very slow (even small spreadsheets can take minutes to load) and mostly non-functional (word processor doesn't even support headlines).
There are also some other office suites available, but even these are better used for viewing documents than actually making changes to them.
But the bigger question is whether traditional office tools even have a place in this modern world. The commentary on constant delays with Microsoft Office for iOS and Android shows that people don't see them as that relevant any longer:
For the longest time, Office was the ubiquitous productivity suite. Everybody used it. Nobody considered using anything else. However, since this mobile revolution started, even non-geeks are starting to question whether Office is still all that. I had breakfast this morning with a CPA who does all of his work in Google docs. There is an entire generation of future workers going through high school and college now who don’t even have Office installed on their computers. If Microsoft has any hopes of keeping Office relevant, it needs to be everywhere, including the iPad.
Personally, I might be a lot better off writing my documents in Markdown, versioning them with git, and maybe using custom data-gathering applications with CouchDB map-reduces for data visualization."