Microsoft launches Office Remote app for Windows Phone 8

Businesses frequently use Microsoft Office for meetings, where documents such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel are projected on a wall or screen. However, it can be a pain to flip through documents on a PC during such a presentation. Today, Microsoft announced a new collaboration between its Office and Research team that has resulted in an Office Remote app made for Windows Phone 8.

The Microsoft Research blog has the details on Office Remote, which not only requires the WP8 app but also a PC with Bluetooth and a separate desktop app. Office Remote works with all versions of Office 2013 except for Office 2013 RT.

Microsoft's Bert Van Hoof, an Office group program manager, states:

With Office Remote, you can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger—all from your phone. You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections or comments.

There's no word yet on if this app will be ported over to iOS and Android devices.

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Awesome app! I really like how you can move between different documents from different program by using touch in the phone.

Thanks,

Great app! It could have been better designed, but for it gets the job done.
Glad to see the 2 organizations working together... the "One Microsoft" is going to make things ROCK. :-)

There were at least five other apps in the Store before this that do the exact same thing. And they don't even need Bluetooth.

+1 point to MS for making more apps for their own product. -1 point for making the app look like ass. Seriously, that is one of the least aesthetically pleasing WP apps I've seen lol. Hopefully it's useful and works easily between phone and desktop.

Wapoz said,
+1 point to MS for making more apps for their own product. -1 point for making the app look like ass. Seriously, that is one of the least aesthetically pleasing WP apps I've seen lol. Hopefully it's useful and works easily between phone and desktop.

Another -1 for not making it compatible with Windows RT. Seriously, as much as Microsoft tries to "sell" students on using Windows RT for Office 2013 you would think releasing a RT compatible version of this would be a no brainer. Super fail.

This is really a preview, which is why it's from Microsoft Research. This is their research and development division, and products they release are not the final versions. Think of Google Labs.

When the final version is really available, they'll bundle it into Office 2013 and it would be available for Windows RT.

This is also why this looks like crap UI wise. It hasn't gone through real UI development because it's not at that stage.

neonspark said,
the bigger news is that MSFT is finally collaborating with itself. a first!

THAT is a post I can agree with! I am happy to see Microsoft beginning to leverage their technologies better, and hope this is the beginning of great things to come.

I'd feel a little self conscious fiddling with a phone during a presentation. I can think of better devices to hold for 30-40 minutes without fumbling it.

Worth a shot.

I know how I would start the presentation though. I'd hold up the phone and say "Yes, this is an actual Windows Phone. Now you can all say that you've actually seen one!"

DonC said,

I know how I would start the presentation though. I'd hold up the phone and say "Yes, this is an actual Windows Phone. Now you can all say that you've actually seen one!"

That's horrible. LOL

DonC said,

I know how I would start the presentation though. I'd hold up the phone and say "Yes, this is an actual Windows Phone. Now you can all say that you've actually seen one!"

so strange I already saw several windows phones

DonC said,
I'd feel a little self conscious fiddling with a phone during a presentation. I can think of better devices to hold for 30-40 minutes without fumbling it.

Worth a shot.

I know how I would start the presentation though. I'd hold up the phone and say "Yes, this is an actual Windows Phone. Now you can all say that you've actually seen one!"


You are a funny man but most of our customers across Europe use Windows Phone as a corporate phone.