To close the year, Microsoft announced a number of upgrades to improve the user experience on Windows 10 phones.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team, unveiled multiple Office improvements for Apple devices and Skype for Business for Android. He also revealed a preview of Office 365 Planner and new management tools for IT.
For mobile workers who spend more time on the road than at their desks, the real plus here will be the upgrades to the Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar.
The improvements will enable users access their documents from anywhere, then share, review and add comments through Windows 10 Phone touchscreens.
Microsoft also added Office support for the Windows 10 Continuum feature, which effectively turns Windows 10 mobile phones into desktops.
Continuum allows Windows 10 Mobile phone users connect their phone to a keyboard, mouse and display, including desktops screens, laptops or tablets. The interface will automatically adapt to the environment enabling users to work as they would on a desktop.
Designed specifically for mobile workers this is a really useful function for those that work out of many different locations, but who need to bring data with them on their mobile device.
However, Koenigsbauer also made it clear in the announcement that this functionality requires an Office 365 subscription.
“Editing in Word, Excel and PowerPoint with Continuum for phones will require an Office 365 subscription, but is available to try without Office 365 through March 31, 2016,” the blog reads.
Continuum is a business tool and it is likely that any businesses that are operating in a Microsoft environment will already have an Office 365 subscription.
Cabinet Goes Mobile
Cabinet, the document management vendor for small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs), released new Cabinet document management apps this week for iPhone, iPad and Android tablets and smartphones.
Cabinet specializes in industry-specific configurations designed to help businesses go paperless with solutions that can scale with business growth.
The new app allows Cabinet SAFE document management system users to access all their business-critical documents from their phones, preview those documents, and, for easy retrieval, view document folder information and metadata.
The Cabinet app is available in the App Store and the Google Play store. A current Cabinet SAFE or SAFE CLOUD document management software license or subscription is required to use the app.
Rushing Documents Into Office 365
Zayo Group Holdings has joined a number of companies that are providing dedicated, high-performance connectivity to Office 365 through Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.
Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute lets enterprises extend on-premises networks into the Microsoft cloud over a dedicated private connection. With ExpressRoute, enterprises can establish connections to Azure, Office 365 and CRM Online.
This means that enterprises that want to migrate their documents and data into Office 365 can do so without having to do push that data across the public internet.
As an Azure ExpressRoute partner, Zayo enables dedicated bandwidth up to 10G to ExpressRoute ports, with direct connections to Microsoft Azure and Office 365.
It claims to offer connections directly to 300 data centers and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers.
AMG Employee Management released a new the e-signature module called USigned. AMG supplies time attendance software, as well as time attendance products and services to enterprises.
AMG claimed in a statement the addition of an e-signature feature to its current software systems "allows business to be conducted and handled immediately. No lag time. No waiting."