Microsoft solves Office Mobile incompatibility issue

Microsoft released an Office Mobile update that solves a document incompatibility issue.

Microsoft quietly introduced on Wednesday an upgrade to Office Mobile that lets mobile users work with documents created in Office 2007.

The upgrade solves an issue that prevented users of Windows Mobile 6.0 devices, which began hitting the market in the middle of this year, from reading documents created by users of Office 2007, which was released in January.

The upgrade lets Windows Mobile phone users view and edit Word documents and Excel workbooks and view PowerPoint slideshows created in Office 2007, which is based on the Open XML format.

The upgrade also lets Windows Mobile users view and extract files from compressed .zip folders.

A free download is available for existing Windows Mobile users who have Office Mobile.

This upgrade was accidentally leaked by a Microsoft blogger who pointed to a live download page in late September. At the time, Microsoft said the update was made public accidentally and would be officially available in a couple of weeks.

The current upgrade Web page reads almost identical to the one that was accidentally posted and then removed two months ago. One notable exception is that the upgrade, according to the current page, is available to Office Mobile users of Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC as well as Windows Mobile 6. The page previously said it was available only for Windows Mobile 6 users.

Prior to this upgrade, Windows Mobile users could read Office 2007 documents using third-party software tools, like the one from DataViz.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?