Microsoft to add OneNote and SharePoint clients to next Office Mobile release?
At last: Some hints about what Microsoft could be working on in the Office Mobile 2010 space. Courtesy of blogger Stephen Chapman, there's a mockup of a next-generation screenshot that shows Microsoft may be adding OneNote and SharePoint clients to its mobile Office suite.
According to a mock-up of Office Mobile 2010 which Chapman is featuring on his site (and which I've embedded in this post, above), Microsoft is planning to include mobile versions of its OneNote note-taking app and its SharePoint collaboration products to the next Office Mobile suite. I'd think the SharePoint Mobile mentioned on Chapman's site could provide users access to SharePoint Server 2010's enterprise social networking, content management and other collaborative tools. The slide indicates that Office Mobile 2010 will be customized to work on Windows Mobile 7, the version of Microsoft's mobile OS expected to be available by the end of 2010.
If Microsoft follows through with this plan, that will help the company -- at least to some degree -- differentiate Office Mobile from Office Web Apps. Office Web Apps, Microsoft's forthcoming Web-ified suite of productivity apps, includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote (but not SharePoint). Office Mobile is currently preloaded on a number of Windows Mobile phones by the carriers. It also is a natural for Microsoft's just-launched Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store.
Microsoft announced earlier this week that the company is planning to field a number of new distribution vehicles for Office 2010, including an "Office Starter" version that replaces Microsoft's Works product; a Product Key Card for unlocking and/or upgrading to versions of Office 2010 that come preloaded on new PCs; and a streaming/virtualized Click-to-Run offering.