Windows 8 RT DOA?

Started Jan 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Cockfield
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Then why use it versus a competing product?
In reply to Archer66, Jan 25, 2013

Archer66 wrote:

Jim Cockfield wrote:

Brian Miller wrote:

I only dropped into this one because someone needed to correct Jim's FUD about Office.

Just read the many available articles about it, and you'll see the same thing I said (Office RT is missing features like macros and add-ins).

Office RT is hardly "very scaled down" like you said.

Those missing features are not deal breakers for 99% of Windows RT users.

I don't know why I even bother to respond to your posts, since you're going to defend any criticism of any Microsoft product, based on your posting history.

But, if you take a closer look, this is what I said in this post about it:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50717943

"Not really, as the MS Office app available for Windows RT is a very scaled down compared to MS Office versions available for Intel based platforms, with no support for macros, add-ins, etc.

IOW, the features that Microsoft used to try and distinguish MS office from competing products on the desktop are not available for Office on Windows RT.

Basically, there is no good reason to purchase a product running Windows RT, when there are many products that can do the same tasks that cost less."

​Sure, 99% of the users don't need those features, just like 99% of users don't need Microsoft Office on a desktop (they could just use one of the free products instead).

So, without those missing features in Office running in Windows RT, why bother to use Office at all?  The missing Office features on Windows RT are just about the only reasons you'd need to bother using MS Office versus one of the competing (free or very low cost) products instead.   IOW, if you don't need things like Macros, Add-Ins, Forms, etc.; then why not just use one of the other products instead?

If you don't want to call  it "very scaled down", suit yourself.  That's the way I see it, since without all of the missing features, there is really no reason to go with Windows RT versus one of the competing Tablets running Android with very low cost or free Office Alternatives available.

As I mentioned in this post, it's missing lots of features compared to Office running on the desktop version of Windows:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50733060

Here's what I pointed out:

If you want it directly from the source, just look at Microsoft's Office RT Product page and expand the section labeled " What Office Home & Student 2013 features are unavailable in Office Home & Student 2013 RT?"

https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/home-and-student/office-home-student-rt-preview-FX103210361.aspx

There is not enough room in a single post here to quote the entire contents of that section. But, I'll include the highlights of what's missing from from Microsoft's Product page (each one of the below bullet points has more detail under it on the product page, and there's not enough room to include it all here):_

Across multiple applications

  1. Macros, Add-Ins, Forms, and Custom Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  2. Send Email Features (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
  3. Equation Editor 3.0 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  4. Lync File Download
Word only
Grammar checking for certain language versions of Office

Excel only

Data Models

PowerPoint only

  1. Slide Library ActiveX Control
  2. Legacy Media Formats in PowerPoint
  3. PowerPoint Flash Video Playback
  4. Recording Narrations

OneNote only

  1. Audio and video recording
  2. Import through scanner
  3. Audio & video search
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