Three Ways of Using Microsoft Office Mobile Online
Following the release of the Windows Phone 7.5 update (known as “Mango") Microsoft Office Mobile has been given a shot in the arm, allowing users to sync their data with a Windows Live SkyDrive or an Office 365 account. Previously, this type of action was only available to corporate users with access to a SharePoint server.
However, SharePoint is rare for non-corporate users (and many corporate users, if truth be told), and this has led to some confusion as to the nature of Microsoft’s plans for their mobile office apps and online syncing.
The decision not to make SkyDrive available as an option with the original Windows Phone release is a puzzling one, but one that has thankfully been resolved with Windows Phone Mango. SkyDrive is the “everyman option" – anyone with a Windows Live account has SkyDrive, and therefore somewhere to save and sync their mobile phone-based documents.
Office 365, meanwhile, is a relatively new service from Microsoft which offers online versions of Microsoft applications alongside Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online (for live collaboration). These can either be hosted on a corporation’s own network or by Microsoft.
Connection options are available for all three of these mobile office syncing solutions in Windows Phone Mango.