Apple’s iOS 11 adds macOS-like features for better productivity

Apple continues to make the iPhone and iPad better, more productive tools for work, mainly by implementing features that bring iDevices a step or two closer to their desktop counterparts. That ongoing effort continues with iOS 11, which arrived as a public beta on Monday.

In the 10 years since the first iPhone arrived, the evolution of what is now called iOS shows that Apple’s goal was to keep its mobile operating system separate and distinct from Mac OS X (now called macOS). But with iOS 11, unveiled earlier this month at WWDC and due out in final form this fall, a few features found on the Mac have made their way to the iPhone and iPad.

There are dozens of changes in iOS 11, and this year the iPad stands to benefit more than the iPhone. Given that Apple’s tablet sales have been declining for several years — though still selling at better than ten million units per quarter — it’s good that Apple focused on the iPad. The hardware is fresh — the 12.9-in. iPad Pro has just been updated and there’s a new 10.5-in. model — and with iOS 11, the software adds even more desktop flair.

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from Computerworld http://www.computerworld.com/article/3203972/apple-ios/apples-ios-11-adds-macos-like-features-for-better-productivity.html#tk.rss_all

What ever happened to Google Docs’ Android add-ons?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Google announces an awful lot of stuff. So it’s sometimes easy to see something new, get cautiously excited, and then kinda forget about it a few months later.

That’s exactly what happened to me with the announcement of add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets on Android last summer. Google trumpeted the news of the launch from its official blog almost one year ago:

We know many of you consider your mobile device as your primary tool to consume business information, but what if you could use it to get more work done, from anywhere? We’re excited to introduce Android add-ons for Docs and Sheets, a new way for you to do just that. Whether it’s readying a contract you have for e-signature from your phone or pulling in CRM data on your tablet for some quick analysis while waiting for your morning coffee, Android add-ons can help you accomplish more.

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from Computerworld http://www.computerworld.com/article/3203744/android/google-docs-android-addons.html#tk.rss_all

Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

For over 20 years, Microsoft stomped on its competitors and then defended itself against the resulting antitrust lawsuits. But with desktop Windows waning in importance and its desktop software rivals largely gone, Microsoft seemed to have turned a new leaf. Or had it?

In the one software sphere left where it still has rivals — antivirus and security software — Microsoft is up to its old anti-competitive tricks. Late last year, Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus company, said, “When you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft automatically and without any warning deactivates all ‘incompatible’ security software and in its place installs… you guessed it — its own Defender antivirus. But what did it expect when independent developers were given all of one week before the release of the new version of the OS to make their software compatible?”

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from Computerworld http://www.computerworld.com/article/3204027/microsoft-windows/microsoft-please-stop-doing-things-for-our-own-good.html#tk.rss_all