Office Mobile 2010 was fairly recently released as a beta on the Marketplace for Mobile. Iâ€™ve used it a bit, and as far as I can tell, itâ€™s much the same. There are a few welcome changes, but the major new thing is SharePoint. Unfortunately, my school as SharePoint locked down so itâ€™s not much use to me at the moment.
Word is probably the least changed of the lot, with very minor things like gesture support (flick scrolling etc present) and slightly better rendering of fonts and different font styles. The file above renders as just plain text without any change of colour for the â€œSmart Mateâ€ title (itâ€™s using the standard Office 2010 Desktop setup) under Office 2007 Mobile, and Iâ€™ve deliberately turned off the text reflowing that is set on by default.
The main difference between 2010 and 2007 for Excel is the enlarged area at the top of the screen for entering a cell, and editing the data in that cell. Itâ€™s certainly a welcome change, but itâ€™s hardly radical.
The warning dialogues on closing have also been updated, which makes it more finger friendly, though this could well be the OS build (23506) rather than anything else.
PowerPoint has perhaps the most changes of the three, with much more fluid animations, faster load times, and gesture support for changing slide.
When you load PowerPoint, youâ€™re greeted with a full file browser to find the presentation you want, rather than the crude and limited open file dialogue you get with Word and Excel. If you load a presentation in portrait, you also get told itâ€™ll display better in landscape, and you get offered landscape mode instantly. After that, it simply shows the presentation you chose with no fuss.
Once the slideshow has loaded (which seemed much snappier) you can either swipe left->right to advance slides or animations (or right->left to go back) or tap on the slide to show the menu bars. This is a welcome change from the fiddly little arrows we used to have, and far more intuitive.
One of the softkeys is an option to zoom in on a slide, which gives you an interface similar to that of Pictures and Videos with a box you can drag round the screen.
If sliding around the screen isnâ€™t your thing, thereâ€™s always the ability to browse the slides in a list, and I guess this was in 2007, though I barely used itâ€¦
PowerPoint also supports a â€œpresentation clickerâ€ which I shall investigate further.
SharePoint is the only really â€œnewâ€ thing, but since I canâ€™t access my schools SharePoint server, thereâ€™s not much I can do, until I pester the IT department.
In conclusion, if SharePoint matters to you a lot, by all means upgrade, but for most, I canâ€™t really see the advantage unless you particularly like the new icons, or have a device that can make use of TVOut for the PowerPoint features.
The download is available from the US Marketplace, or use Microsoft tag (gettag.mobi).