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Microsoft Finally Admits the iPad is a Computer

There have been numerous arguments as to where exactly the iPad fits in today’s modern day computing. In fact, Matthew Snider, Mac Daily’s Editor in Chief, and I somewhat disagree on the iPad as a computer. Matt feels that the iPad is not ready yet for big boy tasks. I, on the other hand, think the iPad is well-suited for big boy tasks. I still think the iPad will get better in time and we won’t be having this argument for too long.
Earlier this week, Microsoft, the biggest software company in the world, finally admitted that the iPad is indeed a computer. Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Corporate communication (try saying that three times in a row) admitted in a post by saying,

looking around the conference, there were iPads and other tablets as far as the eye could see. On the other hand, (as I noted in a tweet), most of the people around me were using their iPads exactly as they would a laptop – physical keyboard attached, typing away, connected to a network of some kind, creating a document or tweet or blog or article. In that context, it’s hard to distinguish between a tablet and a notebook or laptop. The form factors are different, but let’s be clear, each is a PC.

Though this is big news (especially for those of us who know that the iPad is a shift in computing, real computing), we at Mac Daily want to give you more than just news. So here’s why I think the iPad makes a great computer:

  • It’s extremely portable. There is no laptop that is lighter and more portable than an iPad. Seriously, put in bag and forget about it (not literally).
  • You are connected. 90% of the tasks we do today revolve around the web. With the iPad, you can search the web, do email, pay bills, and read online articles at your discretion.
  • Play games. Seriously, is there any better gaming machine than the iPad?
  • Write. You can write a book, a poem, a blog post, a love letter on it. No need for MS Word to swallow your RAM and slow things down.
  • Photos. Photoshop, Snapseed, and dozens of other photo-editing apps exist so you can create, edit and publish photos on the iPad. Oh, and you, yeah, you holding the iPad to take a photo while on vacation: Stop it! Seriously, stop it!
  • Files. Dropbox. Enough said
  • Apps, apps, apps. This is where the iPad has really matured. My mother pays her bills on the Bank of America app, American Express app, Car loan app, etc. She doesn’t even have to go to the website. Just open app, enter password and pay bills. There are so many apps that will cater to your need. You can even code on it. Delicious!!
  • So much more

I believe in the iPad so much that I sold my Macbook Air a few months ago (I loved that thing) and have gone completely iPad for my mobile computing. Yes, I still use my mighty Mac Mini at home, but most of the love my fingers give out is to the glass of my iPad with Retina display.

Yes, the iPad will not replace someone who developes websites for a living or a professional videographer (not yet), but the consumer market, the ones buying up computers in the masses, it is perfect for them.

So, yes Microsoft, thank you for finally admitting something we knew for quite sometime. Welcome to the future!

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