Android Getting More Biz Friendly with Docs to Go, RoadSync in ’09
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
The Android mobile platform is about to become better-suited for business use, thanks to two upcoming software offerings from DataViz due in 2009: Documents to Go, a Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewing, creation and editing program; and RoadSync, a Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync program.
Many business-oriented smartphones already ship with a free, standard version of Documents to Go, including new BlackBerry devices, and there’s a Premium Edition with expanded functionality that sells for $69.99. Docs to Go is also available for Palm Windows Mobile and Symbian devices, and it should be coming soon to the iPhone 3G.
While the standard version doesn’t allow for new document creation—one of the most valuable features of document viewing apps—there are “tricks” to enable the functionality in the free Docs to Go software.
QuickOffice, one of DataViz’s leading Docs to Go rivals, said way back in April that it too has an Android-compatible version of its document editing software that’s ready as soon as more Android devices hit the market. There’s currently only one Android device officially available in the United States, T-Mobile’s G1, but a second Android device, Kogan’s Agora, is currently available for presale.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.