Microsoft shows off Office for Windows Phone 8, Hyland Software announces a new app for Windows 8, and then announces an entire new subsidiary in the UK, while Google makes Docs, Sheets and Slides available for Chromebook. Busy times in the document management industry.

Windows Phone 8 Office

More news from Office this week. According to a post on the Office blog by Bert Van Hoof, of Office Engineering, Microsoft has pre-installed Office on all Windows 8 phones, just as it said it would.

The objective, he said, when they started developing Office for Windows Phone 8 was to give business users access to their  business documents whenever they wanted them, provide superior document rendering, provide access to all notes in one place and from anywhere, and to enable users to collaborate from any mobile device.

Seems they have achieved that -- or at least that’s what they are saying -- although ultimately it will be up to users to judge for themselves.

Van Hoof says Windows Phone 8 auto-discovery functionality connects users to their Office accounts, so they can access it anytime, as well as enabling access to any kind of document on top of that.

The Office Hub -- your go-to point for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel -- has also been redesigned to give users easy navigation, which will also enable them to access all their business and personal documents on SkyDrive, Office 365 or SharePoint from their phone.

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The idea of working in SharePoint from your phone is an interesting one that we’ll have to take a look at, but generally speaking, this release means that you can carry all your documents securely in your pocket as you travel. 

For Office 365 users, it will offer access to everything stored there no matter what device you last accessed the files with, while email attachments you’ve opened in Outlook Mobile will also show up automatically in the Office Hub. 

In fact, there’s a whole bunch of stuff there that will, if for no other reason at all, make Windows Phone 8 a purchase worth considering.  

Hyland’s Windows 8 Mobile Apps

Also over the week, Hyland has been busy with its OnBase application and has just announced the release of a mobile app made specifically for Windows 8.

The new app is for insurance field adjusters and is built out of OnBase so not surprisingly is called the OnBaseField Insurance Adjuster App.

Clearly Hyland is expecting great things of Windows 8 to build an app just for that, but it has demonstrated a knack of hitting the market with products just where they are needed, an ability that has landed it in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s MQ for Enterprise Content Management.