Microsoft Office Suit on mobile:
When it comes to Microsoft then apart from their Operating systems, Microsoft Office would be the second best product from them that got no real competitor till date. I myself have deployed Open Office in my office since years (due to cost etc) and hence know very well that where the competition stands. So, when I was going to have a Windows Phone in my hands then the first thought to hit my mind was, “How would be the Office Suit on a Windows Mobile?”
First joy was to see that thankfully with their Windows Phones, Microsoft is not putting a huge price tag on their office suit and it comes bundled with the phone itself.
You got Office Excel Mobile 14.5, Office Power Point Mobile 14.5, Office Word Mobile 14.5, Sharepoint Workspace Mobile 14.5, PDF and One Note Mobile 14.5 here and you can save you documents either on phone, SharePoint, Office365 or SkyDrive.
Enterprise customers (or even Home users) will love to see that how much it simplifies their lives. You work on a document at Home/Office and keep on saving it in SkyDrive and its always ready and updated on your phone, your team might be working on a document with ShareNote (At least SharePoiont 2010 Server) and you are always aware of the progress and updated text. If wanna see this in action then you will love to see this cute ad about this feature of Windows Phone (though it doesn’t feature a Lumia handset in it).
Digging deeper into options of Microsoft Office Mobile, you will find that most of commonly used options like formatting etc already here in thumb friendly manner. Though I missed justify text option here, but I found rest of the options like Text Size, Bold, Italic, Underline & Strike through etc. There are options to comment on a document, options to search within document (no search and replace option though) and option to save on any of the location of your choice (Phone, Office 365, SharePoint, SkyDrive etc).
With Office Excel Mobile, I see almost all commonly used functions like vlookup, hlookup etc available on phone and important Sum/Average like function just a thumb away always. Though it will miss advanced functions like ContIf etc, but who uses them except hardcore people.
Lovely is to see that how Office Mobiles fit the Metro UI so naturally. Trust me, this would have taken a lot of work from the Microsoft Team and I salute them for the great job done.