When comparing Office 365 vs Fantastical 2, the Slant community recommends Fantastical 2 for most people. In the question“What are the best calendar apps for iPhone?” Fantastical 2 is ranked 1st while Office 365 is ranked 23rd. The most important reason people chose Fantastical 2 is:
Fantastical makes it really easy to add events using their superb natural language parser. For instance, an entry like "breakfast at 9am at The Diner" will be handled correctly. In addition to their best in class natural language processing, Fantastical has awesome features such as allowing users to append "/work" or "/personal" in order to add events to the specified calendar and setting up abbreviations that will add snippets of text.
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Pro Easy to transition from MS Office
Office 365 is laid out the same way with a similar ribbon interface that will be instantly comfortable to long-time Microsoft Office users.
Pro Speech to text dictation
Linux never got it together
Pro Excellent integration and compatibility with MS Office desktop applications
Pro Allows for real-time collaboration
Multiple people can work on the same document at the same time.
Pro No installation required
Pro Very polished natural language text entry
Fantastical makes it really easy to add events using their superb natural language parser. For instance, an entry like "breakfast at 9am at The Diner" will be handled correctly.
In addition to their best in class natural language processing, Fantastical has awesome features such as allowing users to append "/work" or "/personal" in order to add events to the specified calendar and setting up abbreviations that will add snippets of text.
Pro Awesome syncing support
Google, iCloud, Facebook, CalDAV, Exchanged, and iPhone calendar are all supported out of the box.
Pro "Dayticker" is a great way to quickly see appointments
Although pretty simple, the Dayticker view, located at the top of the user interface, is simply fantastic for quickly seeing which days are booked out. It also acts as a convenient way to add new events (long press on a day).
Pro Displays inline map of the event's location
The app displays inline map of the event's provided location. Additionally, users can choose between Apple's Maps or Google's Maps applications to use the feature with.
Pro Allows adding reminders
Using the natural language parser, reminders can be added with the keywords "reminder", "todo", "task", or "remind me to."
Pro Syncs with iOS reminders
Existing reminders can be used or adde with Siri.
Pro Functions as a widget
With Fantastical 2, the calendar can be accessed through a widget in order to save time.
Pro Gesture driven
Fantastical 2 lets users flick, scroll, and swipe to quickly move through different views and types of information.
Pro Custom colors
Tasks can be color coordinated in order to see their categories at a glance.
Pro Resizeable window
The divider between the two views can be dragged for customized viewing.
Uses proprietary software.
Con Unusable for business in the EU
Cloud applications are mostly incompatible with the EU general data protection regulation.
Con Dependant on having an Internet connection
Con Has only a fraction of Microsoft Office functionality
Office 365 is not a complete replacement for Microsoft Office. The most advanced functionality still can only be found on the desktop.
Con Cloud dependent
Does not edit local files, they have to be synced first.
Con Uses “dots on a day” style interface
This is not the way calendars should work.
Con V2 discontinued, V3 too expensive as a subscription model
Con Only one way to display your events
It would really help to have an actual calendar with the events written into it instead of a list and dots.