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It's no secret that the proportion of information workers who are mobile or working outside of headquarters continues to grow. Whether they are working from home, going where opportunity leads, or just working in different locations, they need the ability to connect to data and collaborate with each other as seamlessly as possible.
Office 365 is inherently capable of being accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection, whether from PCs, browsers, or mobile devices. You don't have to deploy special technology or require users to sign in to a VPN. Mobile access to Office 365 is built in.
Real-time mobile device access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks is provided via Exchange ActiveSync® to wide range of mobile devices, including Windows® Phone, Nokia E and N series devices, Palm devices, Apple iPhone and iPad, and certain Android phones. Blackberry devices are also supported on certain plans.
Whether they are using Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox, users can get the full Outlook Web App experience. Very similar to Outlook on the desktop, but designed for speed and ease of use through the browser, Outlook Web App provides presence information, MailTips, Global Address List access, and more. Certain levels of Office 365 also include Office Web Apps for reading and lightweight editing of Office documents through the browser.
Working remotely means staying productive even when you don't have an Internet connection. And that's the great thing about combining Office 365 with Office Professional Plus on the desktop. Users don't need a connection of any kind to create and edit documents using the power of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and all the other great Office applications they know and love. Cached Exchange Mode lets Outlook users work with email even when they are offline. And, SharePoint Workspace enables them to edit and manage documents stored in SharePoint and synchronize when they reconnect.
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@Todd: THis answer is based on my research on Bing, not on pure product knowledge. I'll contact the SharePoint folks to confirm though.
Office 365 supports the Safari browser, version 4.x. As you say in your post, I would expect since the iPad runs an abbreviated Safari browser, that you will have most of the functionality, although some things (like editing as you mentioned) might not work. I do not have a list of what does and does not work.
A simple search finds these two results:
1) Apparently there is an app for that: currents.michaelsampson.net/.../sharepoint-2010-on-the-ipad.html
2) THis video shows SharePoint 2010 in use with the iPad http://vimeo.com/10690956
@Alistair: Not exactly. Office 365 for small business doesn't come with Office Pro Plus but still provides many of the benefits (hosted email, SharePoint, Lync), while some Office 365 for enterprises SKUs come with Office Pro Plus. Having both together will add even more capabilities and productivity scenarios.
@Janet: Your purchasing address must be in the countries that are specified as hacing access to Office 365. And you will be able to access Office 365 from anywhere with an internet connection, regardless of whether that place has the ability to purchase the service from us.
@Dennis Vlasich: Thanks for the comment Dennis. I would say first that with Office 365, Exchange Online (formerly OWA) has been redone to be much more feature comparable to having Exchange synced with Outlook 2010. Secondly and on that point, Exchange Online in Office 365 can by synced to the desktop Outlook client, so to your end users, it should't be any differnt than what they have today.
I think these Service Descriptions documents can help you with your feature comparisons.
A question on connecting a phone. I added my 365 account, it connected to the server and verified the password. But when I send an email, it shows up under Outlook, both desktop and on-line, but not on the iPhone4. Any suggestions?
Have you seen this article Curt? help.outlook.com/.../dd362301.aspx. The iPhone is fully supported by Exchange Online, not sure what your problem is. Hard to tell without looking at your setup. Couple of things to check. Is the inbox set to be synchronized? Does the device show up on OWA under Mobile Devices?
Do you know of any specifically supported iPhone apps that can connect to Sharepoint 365? If so could you advise. could you also advise if the 365 sharepoint site needs to be set up in a special way and if the url for access is the same.
Each SharePoint site has a corresponding mobile site that can be accessed through a browser. Just add ?Mobile=1 to the end of the URL. A quick search returned these two sites that talk about this specifically. sharepointmagazine.net/.../microsoft-sharepoint-on-the-iphone blah.winsmarts.com/2010-1-SharePoint_2010_looks_hot_on_an_iPhone.aspx
Downloaded 365 but no Visio or Project? What is going on with that?