I've been experimenting with #Microsoft
lately on my #iOS
devices and #Mac
. I do a LOT of quick note taking and have been using the Notes app on my iOS devices and Mac with fairly good results until the last year or so. #iCloud
just won't sync my notes across all devices properly and sometimes not at all. Apps like #iAwriter
have done a really amazing job, but now that's broken for me on my Mac because I made the mistake of "upgrading" to iCloud Drive when I "upgraded" to Yosemite, which I can't do on my iPad 2 because I won't install iOS 8 on it (because it's too slow and laggy on older iOS devices and I don't want to kill what's left of my iPad 2's still very usable and mostly good experience).
So Yosemite is the worst OS I've had on my Mac, ever, and I wish I had stayed with #Mavericks
, which was running smooth as silk for me. Oh well.
Anyway, I still prefer my Apple devices and spend most of my time working with my #iPhone6Plus
. My #iPhone
is more like a laptop for me, the way I do pretty much everything on it, from online shopping, communications, entertainment, work, lots of writing, reports, and sometimes as a phone, too, every once in a while. :)
In my search for a better note taking app that actually syncs properly across all my devices, I started experimenting with OneNote and really like it a lot! It syncs perfectly across all my iOS devices and Mac. The major down side for me is that there's no (feasible) way to export notes as plain text files. That's kind of a deal breaker for much of what I need it for, but for what it does offer, I've been able to make good use of it for some of my writing/notes purposes and really like it.
Then I started playing more with Word on my iPhone, iPad and even in a web browser, with amazing results. I've been living in Apple's #Pages
for all my word processing needs for the past few years, but that also broke on my Mac when I upgrades to #Yosemite
and made the mistake of choosing iCloud Drive (or the syncing broke, anyway, Pages itself works just fine).
Love my Apple devices but I need more than just two years out of some of them, and Apple is notorious for making older iOS devices a painful experience (over two years old) if you upgrade iOS on them (same for Mac OS updates of more than two years). I can't afford to just keep buying new Apple everything and there's nothing wrong with what I have right now, so long as I discontinue OS upgrades after two years.
I'm really impressed with what Microsoft is offering with their Office apps. Can't believe I'm actually impressed and even excited about what Microsoft is offering these days! They're actually innovating and making useful tools that don't suck! Between my Apple hardware and Microsoft's software, I might just be able to squeeze a few more years out of some of my older devices!
I'm just using the free version of the MS Office apps for now, but really close to just subscribing to #Office365
and going all in. Maybe one of these days Apple will actually get iCloud to do what it's supposed to do, and even show a little compassion to those of us who can't afford to upgrade everything every two years by offering better optimized iOS updates (that doesn't slow things down to an unusable pace for my needs). In the meantime, I'm pretty happy with the marriage of my Apple devices with Microsoft software... something I wouldn't have expected myself to say not too long ago.