Just when we found out in Time magazine that not taking a vacation will make us have even more stress, Microsoft has made a release that might prevent us from having a vacation ever again. In this case they are just calling it making us more productive.
Starting today, iPhone and Android tablet customers can tap into the same experience that people with Office for iPad according to them “have enjoyed.” And the details are:
- New Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer the same beautiful iPad experience, optimized for the iPhone. Customers can download the new apps today.
- Updated Office for iPad apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Customers can download the new apps today.
- Preview of Office apps for Android tablet brings the productivity of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet customers. Customers can sign up for the Preview starting today. General availability is expected in early 2015. Android takes longer to get approved.
- More of Office for everyone. Beginning today, customers on iPhone, iPad and Android can create and edit Office content without a subscription. Now customers on nearly every mobile device and platform can do more with Office.
Now when you are out at the beach or by the pool, you have no excuse not to work on your powerpoint presentation. No more Nora Roberts romance stories for you. And I don’t even want to know what that spreadsheet is going to look while you are trying to tailgate before the big game.
Expedia released the results of their 2014 Vacation Deprivation study. This study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm. This survey was conducted online from August 25 to September 17, 2014 across North America, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific. It was among 7,855 employed adults aged 18 years of age and older across 24 countries.
When asked how often during a week vacation travelers check work email/voicemail, 14% said once a day, and 11% said multiple times per day. 34% said never. 30% of North American and Asia-Pacific workers checked work email/voicemail one or more times a day, versus 19% of European workers.
28% of American vacationers “never” check work email or voicemail on vacation, versus 30% who check email/voicemail one or more times per day.
The most work-obsessed travelers were from the UAE, of whom 44% check work email/voicemail at least once a day. 63% of German travelers say they “never” check work email or voicemail on break, along with 60% of the Danish and 55% of Swedes and the Dutch.
When asked which pleasures they would be willing to forego for a week in order to have one extra day of vacation, global workers cited:
Junk Food – 54% (Would Give Up)
Alcohol – 48%
Social Media – 42%
Television – 37%
Coffee – 35%
Sex – 24%
Smartphone – 21%
The Internet – 20%
Taking a Shower – 9%
I know I sure don’t want to be anywhere around that 9% when I’m on vacation.