Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
Microsoft/Windows
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Microsoft Office 365 for iPhone Finally Hits the Market
Microsoft Office 365 for iPhone Finally Hits the Market

By Jennifer LeClaire
June 14, 2013 11:13AM

    Bookmark and Share
"There are a lot of document types and I don't think this app [Office Mobile for iPhone] is going to be able to handle all of them," said analyst Wes Miller of Microsoft's offering. "But I expect if the app says it's going to let you make changes to the document that it will probably do a better job of not corrupting the actual content or formatting of the content than third-party alternatives."
 



At long, long last, Microsoft is rolling out Office Mobile for iPhone. It's a free iPhone app for Office 365 subscribers. The app aims to help Office users access content on the go and offers full editing capabilities.

Here's how it works: After signing in to an Office 365 account, you can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere. You can use Office Mobile to keep your content and formatting intact so the documents aren't skewed when you view them again on a Mac or PC, according to the company.

"When we launched Office 365 earlier this year, we committed to delivering regular updates and new capabilities to Office 365 subscribers," Julia White, general manager of the Microsoft Office Division, wrote in a blog post. "Since then, we've expanded Skype calling and added new OneNote features."

How It Works

White offered a rundown of specifically what iPhone users can do with the new app. Beyond keeping the format intact when viewing, editing or adding comments, Office Mobile for iPhone promises to offer quick access to content in the cloud on SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro.

"When you're on your phone, you'll easily find the content you viewed on your computer in the Recent Documents panel," White said. "And, of course, you can view and edit Office documents sent in e-mail."

Office Mobile has been optimized for the small screen. White said that makes it easy to use features like Slide Navigator, which allows you to page through PowerPoint presentations. Speaker Notes help you practice presentations on the go. The Resume Reading feature takes you to the exact point in the document where you left off on your computer.

"You can make quick edits and share your documents right from your phone with Office Mobile," White said. "When working with others, you can review comments in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own. When you're done, you can save directly to SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro or just send as an e-mail attachment."

Does It Really Work?

Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, said Office Mobile for iPhone is a win for customers who love their iPhones and are also Office 365 subscribers.

"In some ways it's trying to make Office 365 a more welcoming place for people who may have an iPhone," Miller told us. "It's not on the iPad, so from a real productivity perspective that's an unfortunate decision, though not terribly surprising."

As Miller sees it, the app honors the iOS design paradigm reasonable well and is a more professional alternative to some third-party solutions. But he's already run into problems editing Word documents on the app.

"I had a Word document and the app wasn't able to edit it, which was actually surprising because it was a relatively simply formatted Word document. It's going to be interesting to see where the edges are and what the app can actually handle," Miller said.

"There are a lot of document types and I don't think this app is going to be able to handle all of them. But I expect if the app says it's going to let you make changes to the document that it will probably do a better job of not corrupting the actual content or formatting of the content than third-party alternatives."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, information services, financial services, retail, media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in location, identification, and evaluation to help its customers promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.


 Microsoft/Windows
1.   Lenovo Still in Small Windows Tablets
2.   How Chrome Eats Your Battery Life
3.   Are These Layoffs Best for Microsoft?
4.   Microsoft Axes Android Phones
5.   Microsoft Will Lay Off 18,000 Workers


advertisement
Review: Microsoft's Surface Pro 3
Is it a tablet and laptop replacement?
Average Rating:
Bing Lets Europeans Be 'Forgotten'
Following in Google's footsteps.
Average Rating:
Microsoft Announces $199 Laptop
Taking on Google's Chromebooks.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
34 European Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware
Criminals have been finding gaping holes in Android-based two-factor authentication systems that banks around the world are using. The result: 34 banks in four European countries have been hit.
 
New Web Tracking Technologies Defeat Privacy Protections
Recently developed Web tracking tools are able to circumvent even the best privacy defenses, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
 
Juniper DDoS Solution Aims at High-IQ Networks
In the face of more complex attacks, Juniper Networks is boosting its DDoS Secure solution to help companies mitigate the threats with more effective security intelligence throughout the network fabric.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 
Another Day, Another Internet of Things Consortium Is Born
In the emerging Internet of Things, zillions of devices will be talking to each other. Samsung, Intel and Dell just formed a consortium to ensure each thing can understand what others are saying.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Patent for Smart Watch Comes to Light
Does a new smart watch patent issued to Apple provide a preview of the expected wearable from the tech giant? Some Apple-watchers are parsing the patent for signs of the coming product.
 
Will iPhone 6 Cannibalize Apple's Tablet Sales?
Could Apple’s iPhone 6 -- it’s so-called super-size phone due to hit store shelves this fall -- come back to haunt the smartphone maker? Some observers say yes; others say preposterous.
 
Axed Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity
So long, Nokia X, we hardly knew you. The Nokia X phones Microsoft discontinued blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.