The Microsoft Office team has just announced the launch of Office Mobile for iPhone!
Rolling out in 29 languages covering 135 markets over the next 4-5 days, Office Mobile enables iPhone users to access, view, and edit their Office documents on the go, similar to what is already pre-installed on all Windows Phone 8 devices. It is completely optimized for the iPhone screen, and has full integration with documents stored in SkyDrive.
Office Mobile is free to download, and requires an Office 365 subscription to activate. This means subscribers get even more value out of their Office 365 subscription as they can now count the iPhone and iPod touch devices on which they can activate their subscription.
After signing in with their Office 365 account, users will be able to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents wherever they go.
Consistent Office experience
Because Office Mobile is from Microsoft, your formatting and layout remain intact when viewing, editing or adding comments, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you return to your PC or Mac your document looks like it should.
Excel on Office Mobile for iPhone
Office Mobile is designed for people on the move. We made it quick and easy to access your Office 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. And, of course, you can view and edit Office documents sent in email.
Recent Documents on Office Mobile for iPhone
Optimized for the small screen
Office Mobile has been optimized for the small screen of your phone so you can get the important things done quickly. For instance, the Slide Navigator allows you to page through PowerPoint presentations fast while Speaker Notes help you practice presentations on the go. When reviewing Word documents on your phone, the Resume Reading feature takes you to the exact point in the document where you left off on your computer so you never miss a beat.
Sharing built in
You can make quick edits and share your documents right from your phone with Office Mobile. 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 email attachment.
If you don’t already have an Office 365 subscription, a great way to try Office Mobile is to sign up for an Office 365 trial at http://www.office.com/. And of course, if you’re already using a Windows Phone you have Office Mobile already installed on your phone.
For those of you who want to see the app in action, check out this video. You can also learn more at the Office 365 Tech blog.
–Julia White, General Manager, Microsoft Office Division