Office Web Applications for iPad.jpg, productivity, document management, information managementOffice Web Apps for iPad, iPhone

Microsoft has added Office Web Apps for iPad and iPhone, and opened up in 38 new markets. Perceptive has also been busy upgrading its search capabilities, while Nuance took on mobile printing. Here's a snapshot of document management in the past week.

Office OWA for iPad, iPhone

This week, Microsoft finally released the long awaited Web Apps for iPhone and iPad.

In a blog posts by Steve Chew of the Microsoft Exchange team, Microsoft says that the new apps will provide iPad and iPhone users with exactly the same email, calendar and contact functionality that they would expect to get with Outlook Web App in a browser, but with a few additional capabilities that are only possible with mobile devices.

The blog post is really pushing the new email experience using Exchange ActiveSync, but be warned, to use it you need to have the latest update of Exchange Online and to get that you must be an Office 365 subscriber. Microsoft is also planning to offer OWA for iPhone and iPad to Exchange Server 2013 customers at a future date.

You need an iPhone 4S or higher and an iPad 2 or higher. The device must also be running iOS 6 or higher.

OWA for iPhone and iPad is available in the same 60 languages that are supported by Exchange Online for Outlook Web App in the browser, while the default language in OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad will be the same as the language in Outlook Web App in the browser.

Whether or not you can access it at the moment or not depends on whether Exchange Online is available in the geography you are operating in, but as soon as it is available, OWA for iPad will automatically become available too.

The Office 365 plans which currently support Outlook Web App include: Office 365 Small Business; Office 365 Small Business Premium; Office 365 Midsize Business; Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3 and E4; Office 365 Kiosk K1 and K2; Office 365 Education A2, A3 and A4; and any Exchange Online plan.

Office Web Applications for iPad_Calendar.jpg
Office Web Applications for iPad - - Calendar

Office 365 in 38 Markets

For those that are currently not able to get Office 365, Microsoft has announced in the past week that it is expanding the commercial availability of Office 365 in 38 new markets with 3 new languages, and across 5 new currencies.

This means that it is now available in 127 markets worldwide with the Philippines and Thailand open for subscriptions now. The other new markets have a 120-day free trial option, before customers will be asked to sign on the dotted line. The new languages include Vietnamese, Arabic, and Malay. This raises the number of Office 365 languages to 36, including English.