You’re at the airport, reading email. A colleague has asked for your comments on a memo she’s drafted in Microsoft Word and placed in a shared Dropbox folder. You’re traveling light and only have your iPad handy. Is the "track changes" function an option? You bet.
To provide the MIT community with powerful, cloud-based options for productivity and collaboration, Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) has rolled out the enterprise version of Office 365 Mobile. This platform offers Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad and iPhone, Android phones and tablets, and Windows phones and tablets.
With these apps installed, you can view, create, and edit Office documents from your mobile device. In addition, Office 365 Mobile is integrated with Dropbox, so you can store and share Office files through Dropbox and access Dropbox from the apps. To do this on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need the Dropbox app installed.
(Note: Dropbox will be integrated with Office 365 on Windows mobile devices this summer, when Windows 10 ships.)
The Office 365 Mobile apps are available to community members free of charge, for use with both business and personal Dropbox accounts. iOS users can download Office 365 Mobile apps from the App store; Android users from Google Play; and Windows users from the Windows store.
For information about licensing as well as tips for getting started, see the Office 365 Mobile Platform at MIT page in the Knowledge Base.
Helpful documents for iPad users include Microsoft Office for iPad and Tips for Editing Documents in Word for iPad.
Windows Phone users may want to check out the Web page, Get started with Microsoft Office Mobile.
Lynda.com offers in-depth tutorials on Office 365 Mobile, including:
- Office for Android Tablets First Look
- Office for the iPad First Look
- Office for iPhone First Look
- Office for iPhone and iPad Essential Training
If you have questions or need help with Office 365 Mobile, you can contact the IS&T Help Desk by sending email to email@example.com, calling 617.253.1101, or submitting a request online.