The Garage Series: Extreme Office 365 Mobility and Off-Road Rally Challenge using iPhone, Android, and Windows Devices

In this week’s episode, host Jeremy Chapman is joined by Office Mobile expert Guy Gilbert to round-up the latest in Office experiences across Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. Besides highlighting all the Office coverage on these devices, they show everything in action, including what may be the first Office on devices demo to span Office Mobile for iPhone/Android, OWA for iPhone/iPad, SkyDrive Pro for iPad/Windows 8, OneNote for iPad/Android, and Lync on Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices as they plan a rally game. They then challenge world champion skate boarder and rally driver, Bucky Lasek, along with Office VP, John Case, to use Office Mobile as a guide to navigate the DirtFish rally course. They’ll use roaming settings to access course instructions from the Office 365 cloud onto Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices.

So last time we reviewed the new Office 365 days later along with all the enhancements and new capabilities that we’ve released since January. This time we’ll drill in on many of those core new experiences on mobile devices as we explain what can be done on Windows, iOS and Android platforms. The main thing to take away is that regardless of which device you choose, you’ll be able to stay productive using Office 365. Over the last few months, we’ve introduced Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Mobile for Android, OWA for iPad, OWA for iPhone as well as updates to apps with OneNote and SkyDrive Pro. In fact, this week we highlight a new feature in SkyDrive Pro that allows iPhone devices to edit Office files directly using Office Mobile for iPhone.

As I talk to people about Office experiences on mobile devices, many aren’t aware of all the things you can do on iOS and Android devices – in addition to all of the productivity experiences Office brings to Windows and Windows Phone. Guy and I highlight all of this per device as we filmed in September and the coverage continues to improve almost every month.

We also wanted to visualize all of these experiences with a demonstration of pretty much everything listed in a working scenario as we created a plan to build a rally game. Guy was our finance guru with an Android phone and Windows PC, Steve Chew (from the Exchange team) was equipped with iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air and I had a Windows PC along with a Windows Phone Lumia 1020. Together we collaborated across the devices and apps to plan out our rally game. Where other games focus 100% on the driver, our concept was to focus on the vital role of the co-driver as the chief navigator. Typically co-drivers survey the course and write detailed pace notes which they document manually on large somewhat unwieldy, paper note pads. The short-hand used is a skill in itself and helps the driver anticipate how extreme a turn may be and describes surface conditions and obstacles ahead of time.

But what if you were to use the power of the Office 365 Cloud and Office Mobile on devices to both develop and then access the pace notes in real time?

To put this  to the test, we challenged our boss’ boss and Corporate Vice President for Office, John Case, along with world champion skater and professional rally driver, Bucky Lasek,  to navigate the world-class DirtFish Rally course. Besides the fact that John is a complete co-driver novice, to heat up the challenge even more, we tasked him with completing the course by accessing the pace notes for each leg of the course using three different mobile devices – an Android Phone, iPhone and Windows Phone. From a technology perspective, this would entail activating roaming settings for his content stored in the Office 365 Cloud and then accessing them real-time using Office Mobile on these devices.

You’ll have to watch the show to see how everything turned out!

Special thanks to our hosts at DirtFish Rally School and Bucky Lasek!

See you next time!

Jeremy Chapman

More Resources:

DirtFish Rally School @DirtFishRally Facebook

Bucky Lasek @buckylasek Facebook

Office on mobile devices homepage

OneNote homepage

What is SkyDrive Pro?

Office Mobile for iPhone FAQ

Office Mobile for Android FAQ

Office Mobile for Windows Phone FAQ

Garage Series Video Channel

Garage Series Season 1 Blog Archive

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About the Garage Series hosts:

By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Guy Gilbert is from Antwerp, Belgium and is a Senior Product Manager responsible for Office Mobile across mobile device platforms at Microsoft. In his spare time, Guy is a DJ and audiophile.