Office 2008 for Mac to feature iPhone sync capability

Office 2008 for Mac to feature iPhone sync capability

Summary: Microsoft is planning to provide as part of Office 2008 for Mac -- the final version of which is due January 2008 -- technology that will allow users to export PowerPoint 2008 presentations onto their iPods and/or iPhones.

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Microsoft is planning to provide as part of Office 2008 for Mac -- the final version of which is due January 2008 -- technology that will allow users to export PowerPoint 2008 presentations onto their iPods and/or iPhones.

Microsoft explained in a November 27 post to the Microsoft Mac Mojo blog how the forthcoming feature will work. From the post:

"Getting presentations from PowerPoint 2008 for Mac to your iPod or iPhone is easy. PowerPoint exports your presentation as a series of pictures directly to iPhoto, or saves those same slide images as pictures to your Pictures folder. From there, sync pictures to your iPod or iPhone through iTunes as usual, then use the built-in Photos or slide show program on your iPod or iPhone to show your presentation. No sweat!

"Presentations look great on the big wide screens of iPhone and iPod Touch, but they look even better on a big screen TV or projected. Plug your iPod into a television or projector using the Apple Component AV or Composite AV cable and leave your laptop in the case."

The new feature will work on any iPhone or iPod model that supports pictures, like the iPod Touch, iPod Classic or current generation iPod Nano, and will requires iPhoto ‘06 or later, according to Microsoft.

Office 2008 for Mac is slated to ship on January 15, 2008.

On a related note, what about syncing iPhones with Microsoft Exchange? Still no update from Apple or Microsoft on when Apple will publicly acknowledge that it has licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol. As I mentioned a while back, I have it from good sources that Apple did do the deal, but neither Microsoft nor Apple will comment.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • How well does iTunes work with Zune?

    [i]"Presentations look great on the big wide screens of iPhone and iPod Touch, but they look even better on a big screen TV or projected. Plug your iPod into a television or projector using the Apple Component AV or Composite AV cable and leave your laptop in the case."[/i]

    Which company is more anti-competition?

    snicker, smirk :)
    NonZealot
    • What's a Zune?

      (nt)
      People
      • Well, it's a PMP, and....

        It's a portable media player, and is pretty famous for bring WiFi to modern-day media players.

        A quik Live Search reveals : http://zune.net/ - the official site.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zune

        There you go.
        quikboy
        • too funny...

          Zune famous for bringing wifi to portable media players? good joke... since the wifi on a zune is about as useful as a car having its wheels on the roof.
          doh123
          • Well it wasn't meant to be funny

            If Zune never did bring WiFi, would there be the Sansa Connect?

            Or would the iPod Touch utilize WiFi?

            Nope, I bet not. Microsoft went ahead in this one.
            quikboy
    • How well does the Zune Store work with anything else?

      How well does the Zune Store work with anything else?

      It doesn't.
      olePigeon
      • Yeah it does. Just buy DRM free tracks, and...

        Just install it, buy the DRM free tracks, and you can put it on your iPod or any other device.

        I'm currently using it for my iPod, until I can save up for a real Zune.

        DRM free tracks cost much more less than on iTunes, and I seem to find them easier. They just have "MP3" tags on them. Easy as pie.

        So they do work well with other players.
        quikboy
        • What are you crapping on about?

          With Zune, you're locked into using Windows; use it with Mac, Linux, *BSD, or Solaris? Fat bloody chance! Bend over and feel the pleasure as Microsoft has its way with you.
          Kaiwai
          • You can't use the program, but you can buy the music

            And play it anywhere. :)
            quikboy
  • Lets be clear

    When sent to the iPhone you do NOT have a working presentation, you have a seires of thumbnails of the slides, nothing more. You can do the same with any version of Office by exporting (save as) the slide as an image.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • It also doesn't have VB support, which makes it useless..

      It also doesn't have VB support, which makes it useless in the corporate setting.
      olePigeon
  • Misleading title

    Exporting presentations to view on an iPhone does not a "syncing" feature make. The
    title is a bit misleading here?at best this is an "iPhone export" option, and nothing
    near a true sync feature that would allow, say, contact and calendar syncing between
    the iPhone and Entourage (and for the record, "sync" here means true creating and
    managing between both devices; not merely a one-way export from one to the other).
    dbcharti
  • PPTs on a tiny screen? Can you say eye strain?

    Powerpoint presentations on an iPod or iPhone? Two words: eye strain. Well over 75% of the PPTs I've viewed are too difficult to read on a monitor or projection screen from just few feet away. On an iPhone or iPod the PPTs would be practically useless.

    Until presenters begin learning how to craft appropriate presentations without several bullets or paragraphs per slide and 6-12pt font, I'll stick with larger screens.

    When I create presentations, with few exceptions, I use fewer than a dozen words per slide and no less than 30pt font. I can view mine at resolutions smaller than 320x240.
    josephmartins
  • Finally

    We are long overdue for a universal build of Microsoft Office, lets see if this build finally comes with a registration key and activation too...

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach
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