This is a key step by Microsoft, preview versions of the big three from the Office suite are available for Android Tablets. Not final versions, but worth exploring. So far I have installed them on my old Nexus 7 (with KitKat). I’ve done a few basic tasks in Word, but haven’t checked them out in full (report next week)
If you want to try them out use the links below to get to the Google Play Store
When you get to the Google play store search also for OneDrive and OneNote (There is even OneNote for Android Wear!)
If you are on any other device you are already catered for MS Office for most devices
So why is this a big deal?
As Office 365 and SharePoint online start to get some traction, users will want to work with content in the field. Android tablets are a cost effective way for business to provide a handy, but functional tool. While there are third party apps for working with Office files, I found this a mixed success and the lack of these apps is what lead me to moving to a windows tablet (and the cost of basic windows tablets becoming competitive).
So when the final apps are released, companies can give staff a good android tablet and use Office 365 (and bank the money they saved vs buying i-Pads).
Watching the Ted Talk: “Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge” started me thinking about the issues he discusses for the perspective of SharePoint trainer, a trainer and an ex public servant.
A major of theme of this talk is that “the organisation will benefit from ready access to information“. The burned out leftie in me would extend this to “Society will benefit from ready access to information“. But for the moment lets think organisation.
One of the major potential advantages of SharePoint is to allow exchange of information across silos. For this to happen, site owners and admins need to think about permissions in terms of the organisation not just the unit or silo they are in. If read access to content is based on the silo and reflect management structure not need or community of interest, then no benefits are gained from collaboration. Wheels are reinvented, mistakes are repeated, solutions and troubleshooting tips are not exchanged.
There are a lot of business cultural assumptions to overcome in sharing. I often get comments that as a trainer I am “giving away all my secrets” or that my YouTube channel is “giving it away for free”. In the modern world however, my secrets are not just mine. Microsoft and Adobe and third parties invest a great deal of effort in distributing information about how to use their products in every medium possible. So my “secrets” can be easily found. This sharing by these firms makes “Knowledge is Power” obsolete and has a business benefit -Support has a cost – so organisations will use software and other tools with support resources widely available.
I can concentrate on massaging this information to give you context and value but secret it is not. Sharing what I learn also has other values for my little business.
There are other issues raised by this talk, this is just one angle.
Via Mary Jo Foley (of the Windows Weekly Podcast), this a page of free Office 365 Resources – includes Office 2013 resources, quick reference guides and e-books. Well worth exploring: Office 365 Resources
If you are
- Getting this error: “Sorry, there was something wrong with the download. Try adding it again.”
- in Australia
Then this article is the “fix” for you.
I ran into this problem while preparing my new public facing Office 365 site last week. Some apps installed OK and then it just happened. Uninstalling and re-installing wont fix it.
In summary the solution is:
- Temporarily remove the “defective” app
- Go back to the SharePoint Store – in the top right set the language to English (United States)
- Then when you are adding an app – when you get to the Trust Screen stage – Click Language Options and Choose English (United States)
A quick post to a Microsoft resource summarising all the quick reference guides and other materials for helping end users with getting up to speed on Office 2013 and Office 365 . A good read for trainers too. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj871004.aspx
The basic Problem
Microsoft back up Office 365, but we’d all like our own backup, because we can sleep better that way….
My choice is different to what you might choose due to:
- Cost – I need to find a service to suit a micro business and a micro business budget!
- Existing services – eg I already have cloud and on site backup facilities
- Scale of backup required – I am willing to accept more manual backup features than you, I have to consider backing up Email from Exchange – I may do this manually to allow me to choose a cheaper Office 365 back up service with fewer features. Continue reading “Office 365 Backup Options Part 1”
There is a growing trend away from issuing workbooks or courseware to every trainee on a course. The pattern is towards one set of courseware for the team and quick reference guides for the individual trainees.
So here are some leads to quick reference guides.
Third Party examples
I often get asked this question on courses, and the answer is a bit involved. for full details please go here: Can I switch to a different Office 365 plan or subscription?
This is a frustrating problem
There are two steps
Step 1. Enable the “Open Documents in Client Applications by Default ” service – see steps here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2859986
Step 2. Check the Library Settings –> Advanced Settings–> Opening documents in browser is set to “Use the server default (Open in the client application)”
The following collection of light reading is to guide those who need to connect SharePoint Online and existing on premise Exchange and Active Directory
The aim is to have on log in with cloud and on premise services synchronized. Continue reading “Hybrid SharePoint Online – Existing on Premise Active Directory and Exchange”
“How can we protect documents that users might download from SharePoint?”
You need Information Rights Management (IRM) service – now available in some Office 365/SharePoint online plans
And now some resources to get you started if you have SharePoint Online (2013) . Continue reading “Getting Started with Information Rights Management and SharePoint Online (or On Premise)”
Which Tools are available for which Tablets and Phones?
A growing range of Office tools are now available for Phones and Tablets. Use this post to find which tools are available for your device and related overview articles. I will update this as new tools are released.
“I know Microsoft backs up SharePoint Online data, but how do I do it myself? – Just to be safe?”
I have found the resources and articles detailed below. I have to work through and evaluate these tools and approaches myself. So at this point I can’t recommend a particular tool, they are all listed to give you possibilities Continue reading “Where to start reading up on SharePoint Online Backup (a little on On Premise)”