Owners of Windows Phone 8 devices have now the option to control Office from their smartphones, courtesy of a newly launched application from Microsoft, namely Office Remote.
The new WP8 client is available for download as version 184.108.40.206 at the moment, and enables users to navigate Excel, PowerPoint, and Word documents on a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC straight from the handset.
In order to enjoy the capabilities of the application, however, users must have Microsoft Office 2013 installed on their PCs. They should also keep in mind that the software does not work with Office 2013 RT or earlier versions of Office.
Furthermore, they will need to have Bluetooth on their computers, along with the desktop add-in for Office Remote installed on the machine.
“With Office Remote, you can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger — all from your phone,” Microsoft explains in the app’s description.
“You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections or comments.”
If used with PowerPoint, Office Remote offers features such as jump through slides, view slide thumbnails and jump to a slide, view speaker notes on phone, or presentation timer and slide numbers, and enjoy laser pointer using touch on the phone.
When it comes to Excel, the app allows users to change worksheets by swiping, take advantage of Slicers, PivotTable, and Filters, jump to any named object in the workbook, and move up or down the worksheet. Furthermore, the app can be used to change the zoom level.
In Word, Office Remote allows users to jump to headings, jump to comments, and change zoom level. Furthermore, it comes with features such as screen up/down and line up/down.