There are plenty of iOS apps that deliver the core functions of Microsoft Office – Apple’s iWork, Quickoffice, Documents 2 Go, and Office2 being the most common selections. There are, however, gaps in what all these products deliver.
From a business and collaboration standpoint, the biggest missing features are integration with Microsoft’s Track Changes feature and the ability to access Sharepoint. While there hasn’t been any progress on the Track Changes front (OnLive Desktop and CloudOn are still the only real options), there are options for Sharepoint – the most recent being harmon.ie Mobile.
harmon.ie is the latest company to bring Sharepoint access to the iPad. A growing number of businesses are implementing SharePoint. That means that the document management and collaboration tool is becoming an essential addition to Office for many companies.
harmon.ie specializes in social business tools and document collaboration. In addition to bringing Sharepoint access to iPad and iPhone users, the company also offers tools to integrate Sharepoint with other systems including Outlook, Lotus Notes, and Google Docs.
harmon.ie for Mobile is the companies iOS app that provides the ability to access Sharepoint sites, check documents in and out for viewing and editing, manage document versioning and attributes, and to perform other common collaborative tasks. The app is currently available in a free edition that allows for document viewing but not editing, and a $19.99 premium version that includes editing and upload capabilities as well as push notifications for document and site updates.
The company is also planning an enterprise version that will include mobile management functionality, including mass deployment that it expects to ship later this year.
In a cheeky marketing move, the company created an amusing Don’t Sharepoint While Walking campaign and video (below) to illustrate the app’s ease of use.