Wednesday 9 March 2011

Windows Phone 7 Killer Feature – SharePoint Integration with Office 2010

We had a few calls this morning with clients having problems with their machines due to Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

While working from a client location we sometimes need access to the audit notes that we keep on all of our clients. Those notes reside in a secure SharePoint Foundation site. It can take time to fire up the Tega v2 or the Tecra laptop to get into our SharePoint libraries.

Two feature discoveries were made this morning that made the payback on the HTC HD7’s purchase readily apparent.

  1. SharePoint integration is seamless with the ability to pin the site to the Start Menu.
    1. Quick access is really important when working on something critical.
  2. Microsoft Office documents have quick access features like Outline View.
    1. Tap the Outlook View button in Word after opening the document and navigate to the needed information quickly.

This is a screenshot of the Word 2010 Navigation Bar:


When the document is opened on the HD7 the Outline view looks just like that. We can then tap on the required heading and be brought to that point in the document just as we do within Word 2010.

This one feature set, that is the ability to quickly access a SharePoint site, open a Word document, and navigate to the needed information is going to save us a lot of time over the life of the phone. Payback on a risk is sweet! :)

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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