Microsoft Office 2013 released – is it good for Construction and Real Estate companies?

Microsoft released Office 2013 this week. As Microsoft Partners we have been using it for 6 months already.  Here here are my observations on how it will affect real estate and construction company users:

  • The interface is “cleaner”.  As usual with an Office upgrade it will take you a couple of days to get used to a few things moving around in Excel, Outook, Word and PowerPoint.  For example the navigation for Outlook between mail, calendars and people (formerly “contacts”) is now in the bottom left of the Outlook program.   Overall you’ll like the look and feel.

Microsoft Surface Pro – Construction or Real Estate Tablet Releasing Feb 9

The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet will blur the line between tablets like the iPad and laptop computers. For construction and real estate users this finally means an ultra portable device that turns on instantly with the ability to save files in folders and work on construction documents and leases in Microsoft Word and Excel. You will also be able to run any windows program.

I think this is a game changer for people that visit construction sites or properties as part of their jobs. Our construction and real estate dashboards, scorecards and drill through reports will shine on this device, making project and leasing managers more productive. 

Microsoft Surface Tablet Pricing Out – iPad competitor for Construction and Real Estate

Microsoft released pricing yesterday on the Microsoft store – click here for the Microsoft Store.  The release date is listed as Oct 26.  The really cool looking soft cover / keyboard is $129.

This price is comparable to iPads with full functioning Windows 8 tablet software that unlike iPads will let you save files to folders and use full versions of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.  I wouldn’t recommend you order for construction and real estate yet as

a) they haven’t been available for reviews yet – no one can say how well they will work

b) they don’t have cellular cards – you can only use it if you have wifi at your job site or property.  Alternatively you can use your phone as a hotspot.

Microsoft plans on selling a lot of these tablets – according to the Wall Street Journal they are producing 3 to 5 million of them – you can read the article here.

By |October 17th, 2012|Blog Post, Tablets|0 Comments

iPad Losing Market Share to Lower Priced Tablets – Does this affect construction and real estate?

The Pew Research Center has released a study with some interesting results.  Tablet ownership has increased from 11% of adults in July 2011 to 22% now.  While Apple had a huge head start their share of the growing market is dropping rapidly from 81% of the market to 52%.

This trend will affect construction iPad and real estate iPad usage.  It will be more cost effective to issue Android tablets to employees than iPads.  This reduces the cost of replacement as well if they get lost or damaged.  While the iPad is still dominant you should keep an eye on alternatives as their quality is improving rapidly.

By |October 4th, 2012|Blog Post, Tablets|0 Comments