just released an Office Mobile 6.1 update as a free download, which is an
upgrade to Office Mobile applications on Windows Mobile 6 Classic, Professional
and Standard PDAs and smartphones. Office Mobile 6.1 now supports the new Office
2007 file formats.
Microsoft Office 2007 introduced new Open XML-based file formats for Office
applications. These new file formats reduce file size, improve security and
reliability and enhance integration with external sources.
To allow Windows Mobile users to work with Office documents created in the
Open XML formats, Microsoft has developed an upgrade for Word Mobile, Excel
Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile applications. This upgrade to the Office Mobile
applications allows viewing and editing of Word documents and Excel workbooks
and viewing of PowerPoint slideshows created by using Microsoft Office 2007.
The Office Mobile application suite includes Microsoft Office Word Mobile,
Excel Mobile, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint Mobile for Windows Mobile 6
powered devices, helping users manage and review documents. Microsoft Office
Mobile includes support for rich reviewing and minor editing capabilities as
well as support for rights-managed documents.
Other improvements include:
- Enhanced viewing experience for charts in Excel Mobile
- Ability to view SmartArt in PowerPoint Mobile
- Ability to view and extract files from compressed (.zip) folders
Note: This free upgrade works only for Windows Mobile powered devices that
have an earlier version of Office Mobile installed already. If your Windows
Mobile powered device does not have Office Mobile applications, this upgrade
will not work for you. However, according to Microsoft you will be able to
purchase a full version of Office Mobile 6.1 online, even if this option isn't
Microsoft's mentioned website yet.
UPDATE: As it turns out, the Office Mobile update went online a little bit too early and it's not available anymore. However, Microsoft confirmed that the final version will be available soon again.
Cheers ~ Arne