Office Mobile for Office 365 available for iPhone

Office Mobile for Office 365 available for iPhone

Microsoft has today announced the launch of Office
Mobile for Office 365, an iPhone app which allows users to access, view
and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

As you’ll probably have figured out from its name, the new release
requires an Office 365 subscription before it’ll do anything useful
(although the app itself is free). But with that hurdle overcome, you’ll
find there’s plenty of functionality here to explore.
The app can view Office documents stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or
SharePoint, for instance, as well as documents which arrive as email
attachments. It syncs with your other Office 365 devices, too, so
documents you’ve read elsewhere will appear on your phone’s Recent
Documents panel, and when you open one it’ll resume at whatever point
you left off.
Office Mobile for Office 365 also allows you to add comments to a
document, carry out various basic edits, or even create Word and Excel
documents from scratch. An interface optimised for the smaller screen
size helps to keep this as simple as possible.
When you’re on the move then it’s not always possible to maintain a
reliable internet connection, of course, but Office Mobile for Office
365 does its best to assist. You can edit documents even when you’re
offline, for instance, and any changes will be saved when you next
connect to the network.
And once you’ve created your document, edited it or just added a few
comments to someone else’s work, you can simply despatch it via email,
or save the file directly to SkyDrive or SharePoint.
There are no real surprises in terms of functionality, then – Windows Phone 8 comes with very similar features preinstalled.
If you have an Office 365 subscription and an iPhone, though, Office Mobile for Office 365, should be much more interesting. Go take a look.
NOTE: As of writing, it appears that this app is only available in the US. Hopefully we’ll get an Australian roll-out shortly!
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