Microsoft Word is the de-facto word processing software module and has a storied history and a level of user acceptance that very few applications can boast of even to this day. With an impressive installation rate, Microsoft Office and its software applications Word, Excel and Powerpoint has entered the lexicon of schoolchildren, college grads, and office-workers worldwide. Although Microsoft Word is thought of as a simple word processor and is mostly used to write documents, letters, and other pieces of textual matter; it features a host of powerful features including the ability to create customized and user-friendly forms. The ubiquity of Microsoft Word forms can be seen throughout the world with a large number of official governmental forms still being prepared using the software. However, with the adoption of cloud computing and mobile computing at a massive scale within the past few years, it is much more practical and economical to create mobile-friendly solutions for a vast section of the populace.
What Are iOS Apps?
iOS apps are applications that are created specifically for smartphones and tablet devices from Apple Inc.; namely the iPhone and the iPad. While each of them have their unique features, advantages and benefits; they make up the bulk of the smartphone market.
There are various benefits of creating mobile apps which are geared towards the consumer:
Ease of Use
Smartphones and tablets feature a touchscreen, which acts both as an input and an output device. The benefits of the touchscreen are manifold, since it allows users to customize the way they can input. In addition, touchscreens allows for easier input of multiple languages at the same time, since the keyboard is less tactile and more visual in nature. Likewise, a smartphone can be easily operated with either one hand, or both; with the user making the final choice about their mode of operation.
iPhone and iPad applications are developed with the aim for compatibility. Due to the dominance of smartphones, most mobile applications are developed in such a way that they are compatible with a wide range of devices for a particular operating system. This ensures that any user with an iOS device can enjoy the full features of the app developed for the entire range of Apple’s touchscreen devices. Compared to Word documents which is locked on to a specific software, Microsoft Word; compatibility is difficult due to the patent, licensing and copyright restrictions. Furthermore, since certain features are missing in older version of Microsoft Office, a Word form cannot ensure 100% compatibility with all versions of Microsoft Office.
iOS applications are deployed through the Apple App Store, which is a single repository for all official apps being made for the operating system. To ensure transparency, these systems often weed out malicious apps to protect the privacy and security of their consumer base. Microsoft Word forms do not have any such benefit, and are often deployed through direct web downloads. This can allow hackers to inject malicious code into these forms to steal private information about the users with ease.
Modern Programming Interfaces
Modern smartphone and tablet apps are built using the very latest tools which allow developers to use standardized solutions for their algorithms. This not only reduces the time spent in development, but also ensures compatibility. Most Microsoft Word forms are developed using deprecated and legacy languages such as Visual BASIC; which leaves a large number of issues. Since Microsoft Word forms are essentially Word binary files, they are singular in nature, that is, each document holds the details for a single set of responses. There is no way to extract all of the data together to a separate database. Mobile apps allow the use of APIs to post the collected data to any compatible location: a database, a text file, or even another spreadsheet document.
Why Should You Make Mobile Apps Out of Word Forms?
The ubiquity of Microsoft Word on the desktop space has been slowly been eroded by the introduction of other operating systems and computing devices. While smartphones do not use Microsoft solutions, there are other operating systems for desktop devices such as Mac OS X for Apple devices and free Linux operating systems which also do not use proprietary Microsoft solutions. A mobile app, while being consumer-friendly, also ensures that these forms are upgraded to the very latest technologies that are compatible across a wide range of devices and solutions. In addition, the use of mobile apps allows developers to create unique solutions such as analysis panels; data filtering, sorting and merging facilities and online data transfer with minimal hassle. AIS Technolabs allows organizations to convert their legacy forms to the latest standards in mobile computing, allowing them to transition to solutions that are user-friendly and device friendly; and have the capability of handling extremely large data sets with ease.