Being able to do anything, anywhere – and some would add under any conditions, is important for professionals on the go, in the field, and traveling lite. Today, we take a look at non-centralized office environments in conjunction with a mini-review of MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7, available on Opera Mobile Store for free.
I’ve been a huge fan of the telecommute, non-centralized office environment since 1998. Certain things are easier to do within an office environment, but an office is absolutely not essential for the vast majority of “work” outside of a retail, production and transport oriented environment. About the only mission critical components for a non-centralized work environment is making sure everyone has the same software and protocols for communication.
Mobile makes it exponentially easier to do just about anything while traveling, sitting at the beach with a strawberry daiquiri, or taking a ski lift to the top of the mountain — or the mall in Dubai. This last example just goes to show that you really can do anything, anywhere.
MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 is an important step in that direction. This free version enables you to view just about any file format imaginable. As they put it, “OfficeSuite is a universal document viewer for Android enabling you to open, view, print and share native DOC, DOCX, DOCM, RTF, TXT, LOG, XLS, XLSX, XLSM, CSV, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX, PPTM, PPSM, EML, PDF and ZIP files.”
It is a 24 Mb download which may make it difficult to download in some areas, but the ability to receive, review and respond to all of these types of files and documents is worth a little effort and a little extra wait. MobiSoft indicates that it has been installed on over 120 million devices in over 205 countries — confirming my opinion that it is easy to download and easy to use. Plus, it is available in 56 languages.
Upgrading to the professional version within the app runs 4.99 € enabling you to create, edit, update documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, interact with various DropBox-like functions, convert documents to PDF, etc.
In contrast, the latest Microsoft Office package retail price is about $499.99. MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 is not the only mobile office package out there. QuickOffice Premier runs $14.99. Another, AlwaysOnPC runs $20 working in conjunction with OpenOffice documents. There are OpenOffice efforts in progress – something to watch if you are on a really tight budget. By virtue of its number of users (over 120 million), MobiSystems OfficeSuite 7 a pretty safe bet.
The one feature I have not tried is using my device with this app to print a document. I don’t see where that would be too complicated if you are set up for it. Odds are you won’t be carrying a printer around with you, but you can easily email the file to someone to have it printed.
All the way around, this is an extremely useful, easy to use app that every professional should have.