Office Remote: remotely control Word, Excel and PowerPoint via the Windows Phone
For many people, Microsoft Office serves as the main office Suite for the past many years, and in the corporate sector he has no competitors. Someone uses the Office exclusively for work with documents and spreadsheets, but for many users it is necessary for the creation and demonstration of presentations.
Manage presentations directly via the computer is not always convenient, so the market there are a number of tools for remote control of presentations – it can be as specialized devices and applications for popular mobile platforms. But if you are using a device with Windows Phone 8, you no longer have to rely on third party tools for this purpose, as Microsoft has released the official Office Remote app, which allows you to remotely control Word, Excel and PowerPoint directly from your smartphone.
Immediately it should be noted that the Office Remote only works with Office 2013, so users with earlier versions just unlucky. What’s worse, the app even works with Office 2013 RT, and this is a huge mistake, because Microsoft itself in all possible ways is trying to promote the tablets with Windows RT as a worthy alternative to traditional laptops as well as tablets that offer competitors. If the lack of support for previous versions of office still somehow you can understand the incompatibility with Office 2013 RT seems to be just absurd.
However, provided that you have the Office 2013, the app looks very promising. You can use it to navigate between different slides of the presentation in PowerPoint, view the slide thumbnails and notes, view timer and the slide number, and even use the phone as a virtual laser pointer to highlight information on the slide using touch screen phone.
In addition to the remote control of presentations in PowerPoint, the Office Remote is suitable for remote transfer between sheets in Excel to use pivot tables, slicers and filters to navigate to any workbook object and to zoom in or zoom out.
With regard to the Word, the app allows you to jump to headings and comments, to zoom in on documents and navigate to the page/line.
If you do not take into account the lack of support for Office 2013 RT, the app has one drawback – it only works via Bluetooth. Why Microsoft has not added the ability to work via Wi-Fi, is anyone’s guess.
The Office Remote app is available for free and requires that the computer it was installed a special addition, which you can download from the Microsoft website.
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