With the iPad having started infiltrating the masses, the market is witnessing a deluge of iPad applications that is showing no signs of abetment. And along with the usual applications catering to the entertainment sector, there are business linked applications too that are making their presence felt.
For instance, while there is Netfix for movie lovers and Need for Speed for those who’d like to zoom around in a car on their iPad, there are similar applications for business professionals that can make the iPad an indispensable business tool. This can be in stark contrast to the usual belief that devices with the half eaten apple logo on it are anything but for serious affairs of business.
This also refutes the usual notion that the only software and hardware combine that could meet the demands of the business world is the Windows 7 perhaps on the upcoming HP Slate. They are even willing to extend their belief for the Google Chrome OS but for them the buck stops there.
However, Apple is out to prove this conjecture a misnomer with its just launched iPad. Even though not very close to a laptop, but the iPad can well take up many of the functions that you would otherwise rely on a laptop for.
So if you happen to be a business professional, here are a few Apps that can make your everyday tasks that much more easier:
• Webex. No need for having a Cisco account to attend meetings held by them. The Webex software enables an iPad user attend the meeting. One needs to have a Webex account if one wishes to host the meeting though. Documents by Cisco, remote desktops can be viewed on the iPad screen using this application which comes for free. The application also allows two way audio conferencing.
• Instapaper Pro. For those who commute frequently and read while doing so, the Instapapaer Pro is a very useful application that permits for caching or saving the web page to your gadget for later reading. The app is not for free, however the onetime payment for the application makes it available for use by the subscriber not only for the iPad but also for all the other sister gadgets like the iPhone or the iPod Touch.
• Memeo Connect Reader. This application of MemoConnect Reader is a very useful utility for people who rely on Google Docs for their daily business productivity. This app allows the user to carry Google Docs on their iPad. Not necessary for the iPad to be in switched on condition the application makes sure the Google docs are synchronized as soon as the gadget is switched on. This app also has the advantage of wide format compatibility including Microsoft office formats.
• iWork for iPad. The core Microsoft Tools like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are simulated in iPad through its iWork office suite. The Pages is similar to the Word text editor while Numbers is the parallel of the Excel spreadsheet. Then Keynote can be used to make presentations just like PowerPoint. One could import Microsoft Office documents by iWork. The application come at a cost of $10 each.
Though this is just a few of the applications targeted for the business world that is available right now for the iPad, there sure would be a plethora of such applications out to flood the market.
Then Apple has made provisions for the physically challenged people too with the iPad. The gadget would serve the purpose of providing most features to this group of people to enhance their business productivity as well.
Even though the iPad is being hailed as the perfect and sure fire replacement of the laptop, yet there is one important aspect that needs to be considered and that is of security. Storing private and confidential data on this miniaturized mobile gadget should be given ample thought before committing.
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Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email