By Anthony Lee, Consultant
Anthony started his SharePoint journey back in 2007 and is proficient across everything from InfoPath forms, PowerShell scripting, complex SharePoint migrations and SharePoint administration, and backs his experience up with a string of Microsoft SharePoint and Office365 certifications.
Need a way to improve your productivity whilst on the go? There's lots of useful apps that have excellent mobile functionality and are a great addition to your smartphone. Here's 18 of the best apps that work hand-in-hand with your PC.
The Outlook app delivers the best email experience for your mobile device. Take Outlook anywhere. Outlook for iOS and Android lets you manage Outlook.com and other email accounts, calendars, contacts and files without switching between different apps. For Windows phone users, Outlook is built into the operating system.
2. Office (Word/XLS/PPT/OneNote)
Access files seamlessly from anywhere in the world using Office apps on your mobile device. Review, edit, analyse and present with a consistent and familiar user interface optimized for use on your mobile device. Core editing is free for consumers on devices with screen sizes smaller than 10.1". Office apps allows employees to show PowerPoint presentations on the road in business meetings, run through spreadsheets and notes during meetings to stakeholders in a café or in a remote location.
3. Office Lens
Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and you can even save images to OneNote or OneDrive. Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. In meetings, there will be times where whiteboards or blackboards are used to illustrate ideas or visually present points discussed. Take a photo of the final result on the whiteboard or blackboard for documentation purposes and digitalise the content, maximising the time spent in the meeting.
4. Office 365 Admin
Manage Office 365 from anywhere. The Office 365 Admin app allows you to receive notifications, add users, reset passwords, create support requests, and more, when you’re on the go. With Office 365 environments, it’s always critical for companies to stay informed of service health or changes. The Office 365 Admin mobile app provides that, with instant notifications, and the ability to get support from anywhere in the world.
5. Office Delve
Delve helps you discover the information that's likely to be most interesting to you right now - across Office 365. Find information about people - and through people - and help others find you. You don't have to remember the title of a document or where it's stored. Delve shows you documents no matter where they're stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint in Office 365. Permissions are maintained in Office 365 Delve. Only documents you have access to are presented to you in Delve. Always wanted to find a central location to see what’s relevant to you only in Office 365? Delve provides an intelligent solution, improving productivity and user experience.
6. Skype for Business
Messaging, meetings, and screen sharing all in one app that works with Office. Skype for Business provides business users with the ability to undertake meetings and calls with anyone with seamless integration with Office and optimised security and control on conversations through the app.
7. Outlook Groups
The Outlook Groups mobile app brings the Office 365 Groups shared mailbox to your mobile device so you can collaborate with your team while on the go. Capture conversations had with the team for reference purposes to improve productivity and collaboration. Share information with team members instantly, and close the geographic location and time difference gaps with this app. Improve productivity by not only allowing for participation in group email conversations but also viewing and co-authoring Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) shared with the group.
Conversations don’t have to stop just because you’re out of the office. Yammer goes where you go, so your team can be productive anytime, anywhere. Stay connected to team updates, messages, and notifications with the Yammer mobile app. Yammer allows the ability to track conversations, collaborate with colleagues and share vital information that can better improve the way the team works, extend knowledge and close boundaries.
The new SharePoint mobile app helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organization portals and resources, and even a view into what the people you work with are working on. Search for content within your SharePoint portals on the road with this mobile app. Filter through sites, files and people. In a meeting and need to access SharePoint using a device that is not a laptop or PC? This mobile app provides a viable option. This new app is infused with the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph, which applies machine learning to activity in Office 365 to connect you to the relevant documents and people around you. The SharePoint mobile app works with SharePoint Online in Office 365, SharePoint Server (2013 and 2016) on-premises and your hybrid environment.
PowerBI mobile app provides businesses with the ability to access powerful and meaningful dashboards, reports and data on the road. Visualize your personalized dashboards and reports anywhere, interact with your data easily in a touch optimized experience, stay up-to-date with data-driven alerts, and have meaningful and productive discussions with key stakeholders with the ability to share live reports and dashboards in person.
OneDrive for Business makes it easy to manage and share your documents from anywhere, and work together in real time, on your favourite devices. Get more done, wherever you’re working. Work on files from anywhere, collaborate and protect data with built-in enterprise grade security mechanisms.
12. Dynamics CRM
Keep track of your contacts, leads, and activities on the go with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM for phones and Microsoft Dynamics CRM for tablets apps. You get the same intuitive experience on both your phone and tablet.
13. Field Service Mobile (for Dynamics CRM)
Field service mobile delivers the capabilities that your people in the field need to provide customers with the best possible service on virtually any mobile device. You’ll have the features from dispatching and routing, to completing work orders, managing invoices, and even upselling and cross selling. Field Service Mobile also offers a seamless user experience through robust offline capabilities. Access information online or offline and automatically synchronize data when a connection is available. This improves productivity with the ability to work both offline and online, accommodating all scenarios.
14. Dynamics AX
The Dynamics AX mobile app enables you to capture your expense transactions and receipt information and create and submit timesheets on the road, anywhere in the world.
15. Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a global business solution that provides small and medium-sized businesses with greater control over their financials and can simplify their supply chain, manufacturing and operations. It's quick to implement and easy to use, with the power to support your growth ambition. Make smart decisions based on the latest business data and get real work done after hours, at home or on the go with Dynamics NAV for Windows. This is the perfect companion for service engineers, sales field organisations, executives, decision makers or anyone in your organisation who wants access to Dynamics NAV from a touch-enabled mobile device.
PowerApps mobile allows the ability to create, use and share custom-built apps to essentially automate tasks and accomplish more with streamlined processes. Build custom business apps on the road that connect to your data, without the time and expense of custom software development.
Microsoft Flow mobile app allows you to stay connected to your flows from your mobile device. You can view flow properties and definitions, turn flows on or off from wherever you are, or review detailed run history reports. Stay on top of your flow activities with notifications. Review insights on which flows require your attention and what actions you need to take, and also to bring to your attention important flows, allowing for the ability to quickly diagnose any issues in real-time.
18. Office Remote
Office Remote turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC. The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room, so you can walk around freely during presentations.