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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Microsoft to Build Office Software for Nokia Phones?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:12 AM

"Microsoft and Nokia, long adversaries in mobile phone technology, have agreed to a partnership to equip many Nokia cellphones with the Microsoft Office software, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement."

Just like licensing ActiveSync technology to Apple for the iPhone, it's not surprising to see the Office group at Microsoft reaching out to extend their technology to other platforms. Unfortunately this erodes an advantage that Windows Mobile has, but given how stagnant Windows Mobile has been over the past few years, you can't blame other groups at Microsoft for wanting to work with other platforms. Oh, and speaking of the iPhone, it looks like Microsoft might be reaching out there too. And in the meantime, Microsoft had to build their own Facebook app while Facebook built one for the iPhone. That tells you a lot about how the industry perceives Windows Mobile, even though Windows Mobile as a platform is still moving 16+ million units a year. Perception matters.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Microsoft Upgrades Office Communicator Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:00 AM

"The 2007 R2 version of Microsoft® Office Communicator Mobile is an enterprise application for mobile devices that helps you quickly find and communicate with your colleagues. The application is designed to make communication easier and more accessible and includes real-time presence information, single number reach support and rich instant messaging (IM) capability all with a familiar look and feel similar to the desktop version of Microsoft Office Communicator."

Those working in a Microsoft-centric shop may find that the newest version of Communicator Mobile to be a great asset. Those looking to truly take a vacation, however, may find it to be the most evil piece of software ever devised! Just kidding...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Microsoft Releases Service Pack 2 for Office 2007

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:02 AM

"Outlook is where a large percentage of our users spend the majority of their work time. It's critical that the application provide the experience that they expect and need to get their work done. Outlook 2007 SP2 is 26 percent faster than its predecessor on a set of common e-mail tasks and is even faster, 35 percent, with larger mailboxes. Users will experience considerable responsiveness and speed improvements on common, day-to-day operations like launching, synchronizing and searching. We were excited to be able to act on as much of the customer feedback as we did."

Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Office 2007 has gone gold. Microsoft Update will deliver it to customers no sooner than three months from now, but if waiting isn't part of your game plan, the standalone installer, which weighs in at 290.2 MB, is now yours to grab and install. SP2 packs a plethora of improvements, with a considerable number of them focused on every Windows Mobile device's best buddy, Outlook.

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  • Source: Press Release

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Office 2008 for Mac SP1 Delivers .PPTX Compatibility with Windows Mobile

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:25 AM

"The Mac BU today is releasing Service Pack 1 (SP1) that provides increased stability, security and performance enhancements to the suite. The group also is providing a glimpse at the road map of Office for Mac by announcing the return of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) in the next version."

Microsoft's release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2008 for Mac offers a number of enhancements including Mac .PPTX compatibility with Windows Mobile devices. So, if you're one of the few Mac users carrying a Windows Mobile device, hit the Mactopia Downloads page now or wait for Microsoft AutoUpdate to do its thing to enjoy what SP1 has to offer. The standalone installer weighs in at 180MB.

Tags: mac, office, 2008, sp1, pptx

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Windows Mobile Shakes with Fear: Microsoft Hints at Office and Voice Recognition Applications on the iPhone and iPod touch

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Competition" @ 12:25 AM

"The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant is already the largest software developer for Apple's Mac platform outside of the Mac maker itself, with Fortune's Big Tech blog estimating that its Mac Business Unit generates revenues in excess of $350 million and profits of over $200 million each year. Add to that the firm's expertise in its proprietary Exchange email protocols and business email systems, and it's almost a certainty that Microsoft will be among those bearing fresh wares for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch a bit later this year, Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Specialized Devices and Applications Group, told the business publication. "We do have experience with that environment, and that gives us confidence to be able to do something," he said. "The key question is, what is the value that we need to bring?" Gibbons' team of Mac developers, which actually resides in Mountain View, Calif., just a few miles from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, is reportedly weighing its most viable options for an initial native iPhone application, which appears as if it will fall within the Office family of productivity applications."

It wasn't too long ago that Apple announced Exchange support for the iPhone and iPod touch. The implications here have yet to be seen, but come June, we'll likely see the two devices consume a reasonable chunk of Windows Mobile's market share. What about Office? It's always been one of Windows Mobile's biggest selling points. The iPhone and iPod touch lack it, but that may soon change, and if it does, it has the potential to be huge. Add in Tellme and a host of other applications and Microsoft will need to find new ways to make Windows Mobile as popular as it once was.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

BT Office Anywhere for the HTC S620 Smartphone

Posted by Pete Paxton in "NEWS" @ 09:00 AM

"BT's Office Anywhere brings you a big advance in multifunctional technology. With your pocket-sized Office Anywhere handset you can work as effectively when you're out and about as you can at your desk. The Office Anywhere handset - a Windows Mobile Smartphone, works like a normal mobile phone and gives you access to your e-mail, calendar and contacts when you are out and about. The HTC S620 Office Anywhere handset is currently provided free of charge with any of the Office Anywhere packages."

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Since I use an MS Exchange service, the BT Office Anywhere isn't for me but I can see its appeal. It has VoIP technology and it comes with a free HTC 620 (Excalibur, Dash) Windows Mobile Smartphone. If you decide to use the service, let us know what you think!

Friday, February 16, 2007

How To Create New Documents with Office Mobile on the Smartphone

Posted by Mike Temporale in "ARTICLE" @ 08:45 AM

For some reason Microsoft has decided that Windows Mobile Standard users (previously known as Smartphones users) will not need to create new documents on their mobile devices using the long overdue Office Mobile suite (more discussion on that can be found over here) For the record, Pocket PC users (now called Professional users) have had this functionality since day 1, but something happened when porting Office to the Smartphone platform and the ability to create documents was cut out.

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However, all is not lost. There is a solution. A rather simple solution that takes up just under 42KB of space on your device.
These steps are done with Office 2003 because Office Mobile for Windows Mobile Standard devices does not support Office 2007 at this time.

1. Open Microsoft Word
2. Click File / Save As
3. Change the File Name to New Word
4. Click Save
5. Close Word
6. Open Windows Explorer and browse to the location where you save the file.
7. Right click on the file and select Properties
8. When the properties menu appears, click on Read-Only at the bottom of the window and then click OK
9. Copy the file
10. Connect your Windows Mobile device to your computer
11. Browse to the \My Documents folder and paste the document into this folder
12. On your Windows Mobile device, Launch Word from the Start Menu
13. Select "New Word Doc" from the open menu
14. Presto! You've got a new blank word document.

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When you open the document on Windows Mobile, it opens in "View Mode". So you'll need to press Menu / Edit Mode before you can start to type in the document. To me, that's a small trade off for the ability to create documents on my device. Since the original file is marked as Read-Only you won't be allowed to save over it, and therefore it will prompt you to save the document before closing the application.

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You can repeat the steps above to create a blank Excel document as well. Or just download them from this link - Zip Archive with both Word and Excel files Just unzip and copy to your device. 8)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Windows Mobile Device Center and Office 2007 FAQs

Posted by Kris Kumar in "SITES & RESOURCES" @ 10:30 AM

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Chris De Herrera over at Pocket PC FAQ has added a couple of helpful guides to the FAQ collection. The first one deals with mobile device connectivity with Office 2007 and the second one deals with the Windows Vista Windows Mobile Device Center.

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  • Source: Pocket PC Thoughts

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Get A Free Copy of Windows Vista Business and/or Office Professional 2007!

Posted by Jerry Raia in "OFF-TOPIC" @ 09:00 AM

"I never thought I'd write this, but our "Freeware of the Moment" is Windows Vista Business and Office Professional 2007. Really! You'll have to sit through three Microsoft webcasts or virtual labs on the products, but that's a small price to pay considering you'll actually learn about the software features. There are some relatively minor restrictions, however this is an offer you just can't refuse. These packages can cost you upwards of $300 or more out-of-pocket, so I'd consider this time well spent."

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Now you can't say anymore Microsoft never gave you anything! It might be worth the price of admission so if you are interested, go check it out.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Microsoft Office Vies with Mobile TV as the Most Sought After Mobile Phone Feature

Posted by Jerry Raia in "ARTICLE" @ 01:30 PM

"Well, these results surprise me a little bit, especially since the consumer segment was asked but anyway, it looks like an Office suite for mobile devices is way more important for consumers than Microsoft (and others) thought so far. On the other hand, it's interesting to see which features drove the customers to buy the current mobile phone. Nevertheless, a recent research study has revealed that consumers across all age groups consider Microsoft Office to be foremost among the features they would wish to have on their mobile phones in the future. The research was carried out through ORC International's new online mobile consumer panel � ORC OmniPanel. Findings from the study underline the growing sophistication of mobile phone users, along with consumers' evident liking for multi-function handsets and devices."

Some interesting figures here on how many want MS Office functionality on their phones. Interesting in that it can be such a pain to input text without a keyboard. Of course the keyboard was up there as a requirement too. I can see the novelty of having a TV on your phone. I just don't get it as something I would want to look at for more than 5 minutes.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile Released

Posted by Kris Kumar in "SOFTWARE" @ 02:30 AM

"Communicator Mobile extends the reach of Live Communications Server 2005 to information workers who use Windows Mobile based devices. Communicator Mobile offers a similar look and feel to the desktop version of Microsoft Office Communicator 2005, and it ensures that access to capabilities that are provided by Live Communications Server 2005 continues when users are away from their desks."

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Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile has just been released and is provided at no extra cost to customers who have purchased Live Communications Server 2005. Communicator Mobile allows mobile users to stay connected by enabling Live Communications Server-based secure instant messaging and VoIP telephony on their Windows Mobile devices. The VoIP functionality is available only on the Windows Mobile 5.0 based Pocket PC devices with Wi-Fi. The Communicator Mobile can be downloaded from here and to learn more about the Live Communications Server 2005 click here.

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  • Source: Jason Langridge's WebLog

Thursday, March 9, 2006

User Interface Visuals for Office 2007

Posted by Jason Dunn in "OFF-TOPIC" @ 11:00 PM

" the CeBIT conference in Germany, we revealed the new visuals for the Office 2007 user interface. You can see a few screenshots of the new look on the Office 2007 UI Preview Site. If you've got a craving to see even more, I've created a mini-gallery of full-size screenshots from a recent build of the product below. Tomorrow, I'll be posting a guest article written by my colleague Brad Weed, head of the Office Design Group. He's penned an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the new visuals from his perspective as a designer."

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As Windows Mobile users we're pretty much intrinsically tied to Microsoft Office, or at the very least Outlook, so I'm always interested in where Office is headed. The new user interface for 2007 is radically different than anything we've seen from the Office team before, and I for one welcome it. Office has looked the same for too long - time for some much-needed change. Most people don't like change, even if it's good for them.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Microsoft Office Communicator Goes Mobile

Posted by Mike Temporale in "NEWS" @ 06:32 AM

"Today, during a keynote address at 3GSM World Conference 2006, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corp., announced the upcoming availability of Microsoft � Office Communicator Mobile for Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005. Based on the user interface of the Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 desktop client, Communicator Mobile is a unified communications client that provides information workers with a premier mobile collaboration experience through native integration of mobile applications with enterprise-grade, real-time communications tools. The client goes beyond simple voice services, incorporating connected communication modes such as security-enhanced instant messaging (IM), presence awareness and integrated Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony."

If you're company runs Windows Communicator, you'll be very excited to hear that Microsoft has made it's Communicator application available for mobile devices. :D

Monday, November 14, 2005

Windows Mobile Office 12 Beta Rumored Near

Posted by Jerry Raia in "NEWS" @ 11:00 AM

"Microsoft is rumored to be readying a beta 1 version of Office 12 for Windows Mobile. The product will reportedly consist of viewers for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with limited editing capabilities for Word and Excel, plus "OneNote Mobile," a new mobile version of Microsoft's OneNote note-taking application. Office Mobile supports devices running Microsoft's Windows Mobile Smartphone and Pocket PC software platforms."

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An area of Windows Mobile that I always felt was neglected is Office. It appears there has been some improvement in WM5 and now it looks like more is coming. I'm am intrigued that OneNote may also be included though It would be pretty limited on a Smartphone if it was even offered.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Survey Says: Mobile Office Technology Means Longer Work Weeks

Posted by Mike Temporale in "OFF-TOPIC" @ 11:45 AM;jsessionid=CwZX1nzn5DxDdnY3LYsphbxRPS4JQ22ftzKJXHcyMT0d4Gp8H4S0!-2061335386!-1614551198

"The future office will be increasingly mobile, with technology enabling employees to perform their jobs from virtually anywhere, according to Office of the Future: 2020, a research study recently released by OfficeTeam. But greater control over where and how people work won�t necessarily translate into more free time. Forty-two percent of executives polled said they believe employees will be working more hours in the next 10 to 15 years."

Sweeeet! The mobile future is upon us. :mrgreen: and I, for one, don't mind working longer hours each day - As long as we can up the hours in the day. ;)

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  • Source: engadget

Saturday, April 16, 2005

New Generation "Smartphones" - An Office on the Go

Posted by Jerry Raia in "ARTICLE" @ 07:00 AM

"With the advent and increasing popularity of "smartphones," the days when cell phones were used simply to talk to another human being are becoming rarer and rarer. In fact, the traditional cell phone may soon be going the way of the 10-cent pay telephone call."

I always enjoy reading articles by the non technical press about smartphones. It is interesting to see the things they emphasize and the things they just don't get at all.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Fly me to the Moon: Go Mobile with Office

Posted by Mike Temporale in "HARDWARE" @ 09:00 AM

"You're always on the go. Maybe you always have been, maybe you always will be. There are many different ways you can take Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office with you. That way, when you're sitting in a plane on the snow-covered runway or crammed between two boisterous cousins in the back of a pickup truck on your way to a dreaded family reunion, you can catch up on mail, work on a spreadsheet, and even send a text message ("Dear Mother Nature: Why?").

Of course, not every mobile device can handle every situation; you need to educate yourself on what's best for you. In this column, I'll introduce three devices that I like� all of which have special Office powers."

Ed from our sister site Pocket PC Thoughts has posted about this article. I think it's a great read for anyone deciding which of the three Windows Mobile devices they should get.

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  • Source: Ed Hansberry

Tags: mobile, office, with, moon

Monday, February 9, 2004

The Bluetooth Wireless Office

Posted by Mike Temporale in "ARTICLE" @ 02:00 PM

"The tangle of computer cables around, behind and between desks in an agency or department can be a major obstacle to productivity for today's highly mobile workforce. Wireless Bluetooth technology has promised to eliminate the clutter by connecting local devices securely and without cables. That promise may be on the verge of fulfillment."

Bluetooth has quickly become a must have feature for a lot of us. When I purchased my laptop in the fall of 2002, I made sure it was Bluetooth enabled. At the time I didn�t own anything that supported Bluetooth, but I wanted to make sure that my baby would support it. For the longest time Bluetooth was left disabled, and I wondered if I made a wise choice, until a couple months ago when my iPAQ 4150 arrived. It�s hard to imagine lift without it now. I have had my fair share of Bluetooth headaches, but it�s all worth it in the end.

This is a good article if you are new to Bluetooth and are just starting to get a feel for things, or if you are a long time user trying to create the ultimate Bluetooth office.

Saturday, October 4, 2003

Pre-Order Office, Get $50 Off MPx200

Posted by David McNamee in "NEWS" @ 12:57 PM

CompUSA is running a promotion that will get you $50 off a Motorola MPx200 when you pre-order Office 2003 by October 20th. Looks like we really are getting closer to having these phones on the market :D

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Tags: , office, mpx200, pre-order

Thursday, October 2, 2003

WESTTEK Brings Office To Your Smartphone

Posted by David McNamee in "SOFTWARE" @ 08:17 PM

A common complaint among Smartphone users is the lack of support for viewing documents made with Microsoft Office. That gap in functionality is now closed. The fine folks over at WESTTEK have ported their suite of ClearVue document viewers to the Smartphone! The suite includes viewers for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also included are viewers for PDF files and images.

They will also soon be releasing a Smartphone version of their classic JETCET Print utility. With JETCET Print, you'll be able to print MS Office attachments, contacts, calendar entries, and images straight from your Smartphone.

I feel a product review coming on... :)

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