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Initial post: Feb 10, 2013, 4:05:10 PM PST
I am in need of assistance. Presently I have an old Dell Desktop running XP, and I am a heavy user of MS Suite version 2007. I will be working out of state for quite some time, so need a tablet that will run all of my old software. Need to transfer my documents Word, Excel, and make sure Version 8 will work correctly.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2013, 5:02:25 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I assume you mean MS Office Suite 2007. I'm not sure what you mean by Version 8. Windows 8?

Assuming that's what you mean, you probably mean you want a Windows 8 tablet. You don't say what software has to run correctly. If it's just Word and Excel then you have a lot of options. If you mean other software you're using in XP then you need a full Windows 8 tablet.

There are 2 levels of Windows 8, unlike XP. XP Home and XP Pro could both run any Windows software. The same was true of Vista and Windows 7. With Windows 8, however they've branched into Windows 8 RT and what I call full Windows 8. They probably have an official name for that but I don't know what it is.

Windows 8 RT is intended as a competitor for Android and IOS and only runs programs designed specifically to run on Windows 8 RT. That does include MS Office, which is included with it. In order to put a program on a Windows 8 RT tablet you have to purchase it directly from Microsoft's app store and it has to be made for RT. You can't buy programs for it anywhere else. You can't use your old software unless they've made an RT version and in that case you'll have to re-purchase it from Microsoft.

Full Windows 8 is the upgrade from Windows 7 that will run all your old software. You can still buy apps from Microsoft and run them. It doesn't come with an included licensed version of MS Office Suite although there may be a trial version. You can either buy the full version or install your old version on it. Tablets don't come with DVD devices as a rule so you'll also need an external USB DVD player/recorder. Those are fairly common and inexpensive these days.

Full Windows 8 tablets also come in a few varieties. There are a number of them with Core I5 CPU's, making them somewhat comparable to an Ultrabook, a fairly powerful laptop, in computing power and battery life. Others have the more recent version of the Atom CPU and they're slower, more like a netbook than a laptop. For word processing and spreadsheets they're adequate as long as the documents aren't gigantic. They're reasonably fast for web browsing and they're good for watching videos, etc. If you are going to do anything creative with graphics you'll want the more powerful CPU.

The Atom CPU powered Windows tablets tend to get much better battery life and are quite a lot lighter and quieter and thinner. They're also quite a bit less expensive.

You may have other choices as well. If you only are concerned with Word and Excel, there are apps (programs) for Android tablets and for Ipads that can read and edit your Word and Excel documents with no problem. They don't have all the bells and whistles of MS Office but they have the features most people need. There are quite a few of these apps to choose from on each platform.

There are also convertible tablets that are like a laptop but that, in one way or another, can become tablets. Some have removable keyboard docks. Others have the screen rotate around the keyboard to hide it in one of several possible ways. The convertibles tend to be quite a bit more expensive and heavier and thicker but they also come in more powerful models and have more features.

I suggest doing some reading and finding out more about the various options that have become available in recent years and reading reviews of the current models. A good site for reviews is

As you find models that interest you read the user reviews on Amazon and other places that sell them. Also this is a good place to ask specific questions. Asking things like "what do I need?" or "which is best?" is asking for people's prejudices. Try to ask questions that can have factual answers and you'll get good ones. There are a number of knowledgeable people here.


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