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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
1 —These are the best MacBook Pro alternatives for 2021 (according to CNET).
Editors at CNET—a science, culture, and tech website—have shared their picks for top alternatives for the MacBook Pro, categorizing them by size, appearance, purpose, and price. According to the site, the HP Spectre x360 is the best 13-inch 2-in-1 alternative, coming with a longer battery life than the Pro. For the best 14-inch 2-in-1 alternative, the Lenovo Yoga C940 was picked for its features and 360-degree screen, while the Dell XPS 9700 was singled out as the best MacBook Pro 16 alternative which provides users more screen control. Lastly, the Razer Blade Stealth was touted as the best MacBook Pro lookalike, the Dell XPS 13 as being best for commuters, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 as the best budget option. (Source: CNET)
Why this is important for your business:
My company is a Microsoft shop, so we use Windows-based devices. But unfortunately that sometimes means sacrificing the quality and functionality that you find in some Apple products. Which is why when it comes to buying new laptops, I tend towards the ones that are more like Apple’s. I’m also motivated to recommend these devices for employees that are more familiar with Apple products, but must operate in a Windows world for their jobs.
2 — Microsoft is releasing a new all-in-one Office app for iPads.
This past week, Microsoft released a new Office app for iPads. The new all-in-one app is changing the way Office appeared on iOS and Android, combining PowerPoint, Excel, Word, as well as several tools specific to mobile devices such as a file browser as well as PDF management features. This feature was released last year for Androids and iPhones, while also appearing on certain Android tablets. However—after only being available on iPads in a modified mode—the newest version now specifically integrates fully with iPad features (Source: ARS Technica)