Microsoft officials have shared details about two of the three different versions of Office 2010 that are in development: The Office 2010 client and the Office Web Apps. Next week, at the TechEd Europe conference in Berlin, they finally are slated to show and tell more about the third: Office Mobile 2010.
Update (November 6): A Microsoft spokesperson called today to tell me the Office team isn't quite ready. This session on Office Mobile 2010 is being cancelled for TechEd Europe. I'm betting it'll be on the PDC agenda instead, so we'll have one more week to wait....
Office Mobile 2010 is the version of Office that runs natively on Windows Mobile phones. The most recently released version debuted in 2007. That release is Version 6.1 and includes mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a rudimentary version of the OneNote note-taking application.
The Office Mobile 2010 release will include "a refresh to the Office Mobile client apps, an all-new SharePoint Workspace Mobile app and redesigned mobile access to SharePoint site content," according to a synopsis of the "Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 In-Depth" session that is slated for November 12 at TechEd. That session also will cover the back-end infrastructure powering the new Office Mobile release, according to the write-up. The presenter is listed as Outlook Product Manager Dev Balasubramanian.
Here is the entire synopsis:
OFS01-IS Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 In-Depth
Presenter: Dev Balasubramanian
Thu 11/12 | 13:30-14:45 | Interactive Theatre 1 - Red
In this session we cover all of the mobility technologies and scenarios enabled as part of the Office 2010 "wave". You've heard us talk about how Office 2010 spans the PC, Phone and Web -- come learn what the Phone pillar is all about! Collaboration scenarios, mobile workflows, and mobile access to data, people, and corporate resources are all part of what makes Office on the phone a new experience in 2010. A refresh to the Office Mobile client apps, an all-new SharePoint Workspace Mobile app, redesigned mobile access to SharePoint site content, as well as the infrastructure needed to support it, are covered as part of this session.
In early October, I blogged about a screen shot that showed a mock-up of Office Mobile 2010 that seemed to indicate it the new mobile suite would be customized to work on Windows Mobile 7, the version of Microsoft’s mobile OS expected to be available by the end of 2010. That shot also showed off what looked like some kind of SharePoint application. Microsoft officials did not comment on that screen shot or its implications.
At the recent Microsoft SharePoint Conference, executives noted that Microsoft has a number of enhancements coming to SharePoint for mobile. According to an October blog post by SharePoint Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper:
“We both improved the experience for mobile web browsers and are introducing a new SharePoint Workspace Mobile client so you can take Office content from SharePoint offline on a Windows Mobile device. These clients let you navigate lists and libraries, search content and people and even view and edit Office content within the Office Web App experience running on a mobile browser.”
To be clear, Office Mobile 2010 won't be the only way to run Office apps on mobile devices. The Softies have said Office Web Apps also are going to be able to run on unspecified phones from Microsoft and other vendors. Supposedly when the public beta of Office Web Apps hits later this month, Microsoft will be ready to share more details how and when specific phones and browsers will support Office Web Apps.
I have lots of questions about Office Mobile 2010. Will it run on platforms other than Windows Mobile? When will it go to testers? Will the final version be released alongside the other two Office 2010 releases (around May/June 2010)?
What do you want to know about Office Mobile 2010?