Considering Migration from Windows 7/Office 2003/Outlook to iPad Platform
My Windows 7 laptop is on its last legs and will cost too much to repair, so I’m considering the possiblity of moving to an iPad with smart keyboard and Open Source Office and email applications as I believe that will be less costly in the long run than staying with Windows and Office 365.
I am retired, don’t use a smartphone and have no wish to have an iPad with mobile phone functionality. My computer usage is limited to email communication with friends and relatives, word processing, occasional spreadsheets, storage of photos (not much editing knowledge), web browsing and free streaming of films. I wont do financial transactions on the internet unless there is no other way of acquiring something essential, so I don’t subscribe to any paid services.
I’d be grateful for opinions/advice around the following questions:
1. Do iPad owners get free upgrades to later versions of the OS and typically how long might it be before support is withdrawn for the OS version supplied with the iPad (A13 10.2″), obliging me to upgrade the OS at what sort of cost?
2. What reliable Open Source Office Suites and email applications should I consider to which I can migrate my current Office 2003 documents and Outlook data files?
3. My research into the iPadOS on Apple’s web site makes it look very complex because of its very wide range of features and functionality – might this amount to a strong argument for staying with Windows plus Open Source apps? If so which Windows Open Source Office and Email apps should I consider?
4. Am I wrong to believe that I am less likely to encounter compatibility/reliability issues with Apple or Windows than with Chrome, which I haven’t really considered yet.