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Windows Phone 8 Gets New Office

I love smartphones for basic e-mail and yes, I still make actual phone calls on the darn thing as well. But two things are too small for my aging fingers and eyes: the keyboard and screen. I even find the iPad too small for effective Web work (and that thing is four times the size of my phone).

That's why I'm not jumping up and down over news that Windows Phone 8 will come equipped with Office. Word on a phone? Best break out a Columbo-sized magnifying glass to use this thing.

That said, it can't be a bad thing that this software is installed. With the right pair of reading glass, it could be useful to view documents and small worksheets.

Windows Phone 7 users have more direct experience than I, as those phones come with Office Mobile. If you have Win Phone 7, is Office Mobile useful? Set me straight at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/07/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Wed, Nov 7, 2012

I've used the office programs on my Windows based phone for years. I use my phone to keep up to date while I'm traveling so I'm using it mostly to view documents rather than composing new documents. It works great.

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 Dan Canada

All of these new technologies are for the young with sharp vision, not for us old fogeys. I'm sure it's not the oldest employees of tech companies coming up with this stuff. It's more likely their children making the suggestions. :-)

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 OKC

I have Windows 7 on Lumia 900. The Office Mobile is useful – everyday. I purchased in April to accompany students to Chicago for national competitions (IT). Every student’s itinerary, maps, and competitions were available on an Excel spread sheet which I put up to SkyDrive via OneNote. OneNote and Office Mobile give limitless uses. Office in my purse pocket right next to my sunglasses.

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