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Using the Web-based Microsoft Office on the iPad

Q:

Can the new Web-based version of Microsoft Office be used on an iPad?

A:

In my tests, I was able to view documents, but not edit them, on both an iPad and an iPhone.

Q:

I am considering buying Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G smart phone. My concerns about the Evo are twofold. I don’t know anything about using the Android operating system and wonder how intuitive it is to learn, and I need to know if a user of the phone can look up info while on a cellular voice call.

A:

In my experience, Android isn’t difficult to master, though this will of course vary by person. I suggest you seek out a friend with an Android-based phone to see how easy you find it, or check it out in a store with a knowledgeable sales person. As for performing data tasks while on a phone call, it depends what network you’re on. On Sprint’s (S) 3G network, which is widely deployed, you cannot access Internet data while on a call, though you could look up data, like a contact, stored on the phone itself. With Sprint’s 4G network, which the EVO can access in some 30 U.S. cities, you can access Internet data while remaining on a call.

Q:

If I’m already using an online backup service, and want to start using InformationSafe to collect and store personal data, do I have to purchase the InformationSafe backup service?

A:

InformationSafe’s backup service is optional. If your files were lost or corrupted, I presume you could recover them from the service you are currently using. However, be sure these files are in the set of files your current service backs up.

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Write to Walter S. Mossberg at walt.mossberg@wsj.com


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