Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Using an iPad with Office 365

Here’s the first part of an article I’ve just done for BoxFreeIT.

 

One of Microsoft’s major selling points for its cloud productivity suite Office 365 is that you can work on your data anywhere you have internet access. But how well does Office 365 work on one of the biggest mobile devices – the Apple iPad?

 

The thing to remember with Microsoft Office 365 is that it will run better on Microsoft technologies, such as a PC running Internet Explorer. However, Microsoft claims the platform is compatible with technologies from other providers.

 

Office 365 is composed of three major components; Exchange for email, SharePoint for file management and collaboration, and Lync for communication. Let's take a look at each one of these components separately and how they function with an iPad.

 

Probably the easiest component of Office 365 to configure for an iPad is Exchange Online. Provided you don't have a cheaper “kiosk” licence you will be able to connect your Office 365 emails to your iPad in a matter of minutes. You simply need to go into the iPad's mail settings and add an Exchange email account using your Office 365 credentials.

 

Once configured you can send and receive emails with all the standard functionality Exchange emails enjoy on an iPad. It is also possible to work with your emails via a browser and Outlook Web App. However, this is where things start to become less fully featured.

 

Because an iPad uses Safari as a browser rather than Microsoft Internet Explorer the environment isn't as “feature rich”, as Microsoft would say. You can certainly log into your Office 365 portal and work with your emails but the experience is far more basic.

 

You can read the full article at:

 

http://boxfreeit.com.au/Productivity/using-office-365-on-the-ipad.html