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Bob here.  I’ve got a Windows 8 phone.  Yup, I’m special.  For the most part I like it.  One of the things that I like to lord over those other commoners is the fact that it’s got Office.  Yup, Microsoft Office.  So, along with my Office 365 subscription I can access all of my cloud-based documents stored on SharePoint and/or SkyDrive.

Yup, I’d be sitting pretty (ok, sitting anyway), using Word, Excel or PowerPoint to edit documents that only moments ago I was editing on my tablet.  Meanwhile my friends (if you can call them that) using their iPhones and their Android phones?  They’d look at me and I swear I could see their tears in their eyes.

It felt good.

Real good, I mean.  Those guys are pretty annoying, ya know?

But I felt smug in my superiority.

For once.

Until now.

Microsoft now has two new apps.  One for iPhone, and one for the Android.

Office on the Android!

Office on the Android!

Office iPhone

Office for the iPhone!

It’s…<sigh>…Office.  Office Mobile for Android (just released on 31 July), and Office Mobile for iPhone (released on 16 June).

Some quick Questions:

How do I get Office for my mobile device?

  • Go to your respective App Store.

Can I Edit my Office documents using Office now?

  • Yup (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)!

Are these full-functioned Office products?

  • Nope, just like Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8 (or Office RT), they have limited functionality.

Will the app integrate with my SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro accounts (without installing the SkyDrive app)?

  • Absolutely

Is Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8 better than Office Mobile on Android/iPhone?

  • Office Mobile comes preinstalled;
  • Office Mobile is pre-activated, so it will function without an Office 365 subscription;
  • Office 365 setup combines the setup of email, Office Mobile and Lync, with a single entry of credentials;
  • Office documents received as attachments in email will open directly with the Office Mobile app, not with viewers that may not render the documents correctly;
  • Office Mobile has support for saving documents locally on the phone;
  • Office Mobile includes searching and filtering for documents;
  • Office Mobile supports opening IRM-protected email and documents.

Is Office Mobile on Android/iPhone free?

  • It depends.  You need to have an active Office 365 subscription that includes the full desktop application.  If you’ve got that, then yup, it’s free (although it counts toward your 5 count of devices you can install Office on).

Is Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8 free?

  • Yup.  And it doesn’t count towards your 5 devices.  Plus you don’t have to have an Office 365 subscription.

Click here for more info on about Office Mobile on Android.

Click here for more info on about Office Mobile on iPhone.

Click here for more info on about Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8.


As author Nick Summers has revealed in this Jun 14 article on “The Next Web,” Microsoft has (finally – after years of speculation) introduced an official app featuring all of the popular Office programs for the iPhone.

It’s easiest to think of it as “Office for the iPhone” though its official name is “Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers.” Hardly the most attractive name, it will likely mean very little to users. The most important thing for them is for the first time they will be able to access, view and edit any file previously saved in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Only available for users with an Office 365 subscription, this means that you still can’t technically ‘buy’ Office for the iPhone. That will come to pass – eventually, I’m sure – but for now you’ll have to climb on board with Office 365, which more and more people seem to be doing. Recently, Microsoft announced they have reached a subscription pace that puts them on target of booking their cloud service at an annual rate of $1 billion!

As a side note, if you are looking to purchase a phone it may be worth pointing out that Office is free with every Windows phone, as mentioned by Alex Wilhem in his article “Hands On with Office for the iPhone.” Complete with screen shots, Alex gives you a good idea of what you can expect from this new functionality.

Given this news, one can only begin to wonder: When will Office finally come to the iPad?

Sarah here.  Bob posted the Lync webinar on administering Office 365 with PowerShell. You can download the presentation here.  Since the video is a bit grainy, I wanted to cover some of the topics and screenshots here. These are some of the things that were covered.

Company & Subscription Information

Some of the things you can do with the company and subscription cmdlets include:

  • See company information – name, address, city, state, whether directory synchronization is enabled, and many other fields
  • Set technical and marketing contacts


Some of the things you can do with users include:

  • Assign Office 365 licenses to users
  • Change a user’s password
  • Restore deleted users from a recycle bin

Security Groups

Some of the things you can do with security groups include:

  • Create and remove groups
  • Assign members to groups

Administrator Roles

Some of the things you can do with administrator roles include:

  • Create and remove roles
  • Assign users to roles


This is just a small glimpse of administering the Office 365 core functionality.  I didn’t cover Lync Online, SharePoint Online, or Exchange Online in the webinar.  However, I will cover those in future PowerShell Tidbits posts!

Announcing our first live Technical Webinar!  This free event will be held online only on Wednesday 24 April from 11am to noon (Eastern).

While configuring Office 365, you may find it easy to work with the portal in the web browser.  However, if you’re managing 10s, 100s, or even 1000s of users, it can be a tedious, extremely time consuming chore to maintain them through the GUI.  Scripting makes this a lot easier, and Microsoft’s preferred scripting language for working with Office 365 is PowerShell.  In this session, we will take a look at administrative tasks in Office 365 and how to accomplish them in PowerShell.

Our presenter is none other than Sarah Dutkiewicz (yup, Kevin’s wife).  She’s actually a Microsoft MVP in Visual C# and is deeply passionate about the technical community. Sarah’s many community activities include blogging, running a technical community website (Cleveland Tech Events), planning events, book writing, and speaking at local and regional conferences.  She is a co-author and technical editor of Automating Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 (ISBN 1118013867, Sybex).

For more information (and to register) click here.

In case you weren’t able to attend Simplex-IT’s March Lunchinar on Microsoft’s New Office 2013 and Office 365 offerings, all is not lost. The presentation is now available for viewing at your convenience on our YouTube channel. All you have to do is hover your mouse over the thumbnail below, click, kick your feet up and enjoy!

In this presentation Bob Coppedge guides you through the new and varied assortment of plans in which Microsoft’s New Office is being made available. Focusing on a new approach for the software giant are the subscription offerings which bring several advantages to the consumer – affordable pricing as low as $99.95/year, always updated software, generous cloud storage, and integration between devices, just to name a few.

Bob here.  This is a quick post, but I know that Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 can get pretty confusing as to which plan has which feature set.

Well, I found a site worth checking out.  Click here to see exactly that.

Yup, it can be confusing.  But it’s worthwhile making sure that the Office 365 plan you select has the features you need.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions.

Effective immediately and running through May 31, 2013, Microsoft has announced their new Cloud Easy promotion designed to assist Small to Mid-Size Organizations in migrating their businesses to Office 365.

With the recent introductions of Office 365 Small Business Premium and Midsize Business (see the announcement on our New Office Lunchinar on March 20) there are even more plans to fit every budget and company size. And now with savings of 15% on the first year’s costs it’s easier than ever to enjoy the anywhere access and heightened productivity Microsoft’s Office Suite and Cloud Services provide.

For more information on how this promotion and Office 365 can benefit your organization, contact Simplex-IT at 234.380.1277 or email

Simplex-IT’s March Lunchinar introduces the New Microsoft Office – and its various flavors, 2013 and 365. Now there’s an Office for everybody and Simplex-IT’s own Bob Coppedge is ready to make the introductions. Whether you’re a home user or small, medium or enterprise business there’s an Office Suite to meet your individual budget and productivity needs. More than ever before, Office gives you the Power of Choice!

The New Office works great across many devices – laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones – the modern interface is equally at home with touch, mouse, keyboard or pen. And new subscription services mean you get automatic future updates as well as cloud storage via SkyDrive, allowing you to access your content from virtually anywhere. There’s so much that’s new!

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. Join us!

Where:                Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson

When:                  Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 11:30am-1:00pm

As a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft Office 2010 to one lucky attendee. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, register at EventBrite –, email or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact me at the above numbers and I’ll send you the details on how you can connect.

Once again, as he has done at the beginning of every year, Simplex-IT’s Bob Coppedge dusted off his magical crystal ball and peered into the future. Nearly 30 attendees of our January Lunchinar listened as he discussed his prognostications of the emerging IT technologies  he believes will have an impact on small-to-medium businesses in the coming year.

We are pleased to report that presentation is now available on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy from the privacy and comfort of your office.  Just click on the thumbnail below, kick up your feet and take a magic carpet ride with Bob. It’ll be just like you were there – except you won’t get to enjoy the free lunch! Enjoy!

John here.

I bet you’re with me when I say I like free stuff! Imagine my surprise then when I uncovered this eBook – Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime – is being offered as a free download. Yeah! Sign me up!!

Not only is the eBook free, the author, Katherine Murray, actually has a whole bunch of other stuff she is making available on her web site as well. There’s a blog, Video Tips of the Week and a free monthly newsletter you can sign up for. And as the author of over 60 books on technology and digital lifestyles she presents the material in a clear and engaging manner.

If your organization currently uses Office 365 or is planning to, do yourself a favor. Download the eBook here:

If you don’t get at least a couple tips out of your very first read I will personally refund your money.

Go for it!