Office 365 Performance: A Side-by-Side Tablet Comparison

Advances in tablet technology have transitioned some devices from being primarily for simple media consumption to becoming full-fledged mobile offices. New tablets afford professionals the flexibility to work from just about anywhere, but some still have limitations in the productivity and collaboration realms. There’s a lot of options, so which one should you chose? In a recent study by Principled Technologies, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 displayed some impressive results compared to a new Apple iPad Air running Office 365 natively, Samsung Chromebook, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.


In the study, the Surface Pro 2 offered the most comprehensive Office 365 experience, while other devices offered minimal or non-existent support for the software. With Microsoft Office 365 still the gold standard for productivity, it makes sense to keep compatibility with the suite top of mind when deciding which tablet is right for you.

In addition to offering a full Microsoft Office experience, the Surface Pro 2 lets you truly untether yourself. Any Office 365 work done on the Surface Pro 2 platform syncs automatically the next time you connect. Of the devices tested, only the Surface Pro 2 gives full offline access to your files.


With so many platforms to choose from, it’s important to make a decision based on performance. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 not only offers a full Office 365 experience, it also opens office documents significantly faster than the iPad Air and Chromebook. The time to open an Office document from an email on a Surface Pro 2 was 88% faster than on an iPad air. The other devices tested could not even support the task.

Less time spent waiting for documents to download and open helps eliminate lag in your busy day. Using Office 365 on the Intel-powered Surface Pro 2 lets professionals spend more time focusing on the work that really matters and less on trying to get things to work.


Since the Surface Pro 2 offers a complete Office 365 experience, you can collaborate like you’re on a PC. Work in multiple documents, spreadsheets, and presentations simultaneously, and take full advantage of full Office 365 features such as tracked changes, pivot tables in spreadsheets, and multimedia presentations.

With information security a serious consideration in modern business, it’s important to make sure your platforms are meeting standards. In addition to offering full collaboration capabilities, the Surface Pro 2 was the only device in the study that offered encryption for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

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