Office 365 support for older Apple iOS devices degraded


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(I never saw this logo ending up in my blog…)

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Office 365 experience on iOS7 devices is changing

In case you have not seen this small note, it may not affect a lot of people but for those of you out there on older iOS devices or that supports those units in your organizations, it may be important.

Details (Official Microsoft statement):
Microsoft are making some changes to the Office apps on iOS 7 devices. Beginning when Apple releases iOS 9, they will release updates to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that will only work on iOS 8 and above. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will no longer receive updates on iOS 7, but will continue to function with a degrading experience over time.
Microsoft strongly suggest communicating to your end users and recommend upgrading to iOS 8 or above.

Credits

Myself, I get all the credit this time! 🙂

References

Did not find this statement at any official sites, this was announced in the Office 365 Message Center

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The Iphone Apps of SharePoint Online and Office 365


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Greetings SharePoint Online users!

This time I will shed some light on what Microsoft have made available for the Iphone users out there. I’m usng different phones over time, but I have an Iphone and I discovered that there is actually quite a lot you can do from and on the Iphone that is SharePoint Online related (Only focusing on the supported Microsoft realesed here)
In this post I will try to list them all and write a bit about what you can do with them.

This is the list of SharePoint Online related apps available (2014-03-23)

OneDrive  Office  Newsfeed  OneNote  Admin  OWA  RMS

1. OneDrive for Business (Formarly SkyDrive Pro)
2. Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers
3. SharePoint Newsfeed
4. Microsoft OneNote for Iphone
5. Office 365 Admin
6. OWA for Iphone
7. Microsoft Rights Management Sharing

Lets start to show what you can see in the App store where they are all available as free downloads, first one out is OneDrive for Business. This is not a Deep dive into technology or functionality or detailed feature sets, but rather a listing of what is available, see what can be done in the gui, the next step is your own, download the apps and try them out for yourselves.

Good luck!


1. OneDrive for Business (Formarly known as SkyDrive Pro)

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This is as good as they get, you can easily access your personal and shared files at any time (Located in your MySite or other organizational sites within the Office 365 tenant). OneDrive for Business will keep your OneDrive files in synch at all times and available online or offline.
OneDrive for Business or SkyDrive Pro as it was originally called, is the shit, no doubt about it.


2. Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers

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These are the classical Office application, do some final Changes or touch ups, create the files you need while on the road without any Computer. This is a complete ‘mini Office’ compatible with Office 365.


3. SharePoint Newsfeed

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SharePoint Newsfeed, follow what is happening in your organizations social and Corporate newsfeeds. This app will make sure that you are up to date at all times.


4. Microsoft OneNote for Iphone

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OneNote…if you don’t use it today, start using it! It is a really really good companion in your daily work, not sure if the App can replace the real application, but you can read and edit your OneNote files in your phone, how cool is that?


5. Office 365 Admin

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For the Office 365 Administrator, or for the partners out there monitoring the Office 365 tenants for customers, this is the best app of them all(except for OneDrive for Business obviously). In the Admin ‘hub’ you can get the status of all the services in your Office 365 tenant. You see all the major services status on the start page, then you can drill down to what is failing, which Component has the issue, and you can read the log from the Microsoft maintenance staff, what they are doing to solve the issue. This is great. If onluy you could add users and reset their passwords as well…but you can’t get Everything. A good monitor/dashboard from Microsoft this anyway.


6. OWA for Iphone

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Well, no need to explain, this is the OWA (Outlook Web App, not Office Web Apps) experience in your Iphone. You get email, calendar and Contacts in your hand. In a familiar format.


7. Microsoft Rights Management Sharing

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Microsoft Rights Management Sharing. Well…this is what it says, use the App to set IRM protection on files and to open IRM protected files. IRM protected files, and you can access them on your Iphone, who would have thought…?

Ok, thats it. These are the Apps on the Iphone that are related in one or many ways to SharePoint Online, or at least to Office 365. They are all written by Microsoft Corporation and they are free to download from the App store.

References

See Appstore in your Iphone, search for Microsoft Corporation and you will find them all.

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Skydrive Pro availability and functionality chart


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Wow! Skydrive Pro, what a great invention! (I know, It has been out there for a while already…)
I assume that you all know what Skydrive Pro is all about, but to just real short sum it up, SkyDrive Pro is:
A client application that allows a user to keep files synchronized between his device and his online SharePoint document library.

Now, the thing is, that apparently, you are not really supposed to run Skydrive pro unless you with that mean to it against anything but Office365…seems like this was meant to be but is slowly turning toward not meant to be…
I do realize that Office 365 is the future for Microsoft, but when such a great feature is available, and it must be a rather easy task to get the functionality dynamic so that you can connect to any webfolder, it is a shame that the support for running Skydrive Pro as a SharePoint onprem has so little support.

From my tests and research this is what works and what does not work:

Windows 8.x x64 Windows 8.x 32bit Windows 8.x RT Windows Phone IOS   Android   Mac OSX 
App to Onprem * No No No Yes No 3rd party No
Desktop to Onprem** Yes Yes No No No No No
App to Office 365 *** Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 3rd party No
Desktop to Office 365 **** Yes Yes No No No No No

Please, do let me know if I am missing out on anything in the chart!

Windows 7 uses the same App and Desktop application as Windows 8x

* The App model with the possibility to connect to SharePoint 2013 Onprem
** A Desktop integrated application that connects to SharePoint 2013 Onprem
*** The App model with the possibility to connect to SharePoint Online/Office 365
**** A Desktop integrated application that connects to SharePoint Online/Office 365

So, if you want to make use of your internal onprem SharePoint 2013 farm for Skydrive Pro, you have to rely solely on Windows 8x or Windows Phone (Available in the Office hub)

The Skydrive pro desktop klient is available in Office 2013 versions as well, except for the Office 2013 for Windows RT

Skydrive pro requires SharePoint 2013 or Office 365 (Eligable subscriptions)
SharePoint 2010 works only with SharePoint Workspace on Windows OS

References

What is SkyDrive Pro?
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/what-is-skydrive-pro-HA102822076.aspx

What is SkyDrive Pro in SharePoint 2013 and how does it relate to SkyDrive?
http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=388

How to setup SkyDrive Pro on Mac OSX
http://www.dogu.no/blog/posts/2013/08/26/how-to-setup-skydrive-pro-on-mac-osx.aspx

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