I just returned from an academic conference over the weekend. I took my presentation and paper with me and used a jump drive to share it with people. I was also able to take 25 student papers with me to grade on the plane, all on my edge. I'm always taking work with me when I travel and the edge made that so easy. No stacks of papers to keep track of and squeeze in my bag, it's all on the edge.
Walt, I just recently finished my PhD in economics and I guarantee that you will love the edge. I'm sure the next version will be even better but this version is so far better than anything else out there, you won't be disappointed.