Tag: Microsoft-Office

BlackBerry Presenter Review: A Little Lag and A Lot of Potential



I have the latest accessory from RIM called the BlackBerry Presenter: a means of displaying PowerPoint presentations from your BlackBerry to a projector. The way it works is fairly simple. To get started, you do the following:

  • Download the Presenter app to your BlackBerry.
  • Connect the Presenter to a power outlet.
  • Connect your projector to the Presenter.
  • Pair your BlackBerry to the Presenter.
  • Open a PowerPoint file and in the menu section select “Present”.

After using the device with several different types of PowerPoint presentations, I can say that this accessory had some serious drawbacks, but also more potential than any other accessory RIM has ever made.
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Microsoft Office Ad Uses BlackBerrys Not WinMo



I realize this is a bit of a fluff piece post but Microsoft’s latest attempt at a viral video has the actors using BlackBerrys and not Windows Mobile devices. It’s very subtle but I think we can all agree that it’s still good product placement for RIM. The ad is pretty funny and probably does a good job of promoting Office, but it also inadvertently positions BlackBerry as the device of choice for professionals/secret agents. Microsoft’s ad agency Traffik/@radical.media was more focused on getting the fighter jet scene, than promoting every aspect of Microsoft’s business. Please RIM, don’t hire a corny ad agency to do stuff like this, stick to whoever is doing the Love What You Do campaign.

Video after the jump

Nokia VP talking smack about RIM too early



On Wednesday, Microsoft and Nokia announced an alliance to bring enterprise software to smartphones. The move is an explicit targeting of RIM’s core business and dominance in the smartphone market.

The alliance looks good on paper with Microsoft Office representing the vast majority of office software, and Nokia representing the majority of global handsets. Nokia’s VP, Robert Andersson, has already started calling out RIM.

“This is giving some of our competitors — let’s spell it out, RIM — a run for their money,” said Nokia executive vice-president Robert Andersson, in a telephone interview. “I don’t think BlackBerry has seen the kind of competition we can provide them now.”

The alliance will make Microsoft Office readily available on Nokia devices and provide greater integration of Microsoft products into Nokia devices.

So what does this mean for BlackBerry? Well it isn’t obvious just yet. Microsoft products are already easily viewed on a BlackBerry, and there are a host of options for users creating, editing and sharing Microsoft products from their BlackBerry device. So far, the alliance is boasting that the Nokia E-Series will now be imbued with the following features:

  • The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
  • Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
  • Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center

The number of organizations that use the E-Series device is relatively small in North America and the above features are easily implemented in organizations that use BlackBerry. While there may be some cost savings on the software side for organizations, it isn’t enough incentive for an organization to change their entire device structure.



ExSafe now available for BlackBerry


We’ve got some great news from one of our BlackBerry Cool 15 presenters, ExSafe. ExSafe takes control of the Microsoft Office application suite, storing documents away from vulnerable local disks and servers in a highly secure online storage environment. ExSafe is now officially available for public consumption, and has been successfully tested on Vodafone, O2 and AT&T networks (with more to come shortly).

You can purchase ExSafe or download a one week free trial by clicking the links below. A word of warning: we’ve been told that ExSafe gets a little glitchy if your BlackBerry is attached to a computer via USB, but simply unplugging the device will eliminate any problems.

ExSafe for BlackBerry (Free one week trial!)
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WES Exhibitor Spotlight: Terratial Technologies


Terratial Technologies logoYou can’t go wrong with a company that Handango dubbed developer of the year. Terratial Technologies has a number of applications for both business and consumer use. Their DocHawk software provides email attachment reading for over 50 file types, including PDF, Microsoft Office documents and RTF documents, at multiple zoom levels. HollerID, a more consumer-oriented product, announces the first name of an incoming caller. Over 1,700 names are recognized, and there are 15 voices to choose from. There are too many products to list here, so suffice to say they’ll be worth checking out at WES.


Wireless OS updates coming with 4.3


BB LogoOur buddy Josep at miblackberry just got back from the Connect with the Experts conference in Madrid recently, and has a fair bit to report. Connect with the Experts is a traveling one-day seminar for technical BlackBerry professionals, with Amsterdam set as its next destination on November 8th. CWTE has given us a look at some upcoming developments for BlackBerry… First up, all OS updates will be over the air – no Desktop Manager needed. While updating, which takes about two hours, you’ll be able to keep using your BlackBerry normally without any problems. We also hear OS 4.3 is due before the end of the year and will work on the BlackBerry 8700 and later – everything else is out of luck. BES admin software will also get a bit of a facelift, available for free beta download soon. BIS users can keep their eyes open for an upgrade to 2.5 also before the end of the year, including support for Microsoft Office formats.