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By Edward Gately
AT&T Mobile Office Suite includes access to voice calls; calendars; instant messaging; HD video conferencing; desktop and file sharing; and more, in an all-in-one bundle for a monthly cost.
While there are an increasing number of cloud-based services available, limited budgets and a lack of technical support often prevent small businesses from adopting them and fully implementing them.
“I’m constantly hearing from small and midsize businesses how important productivity is to them in this mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Microsoft Devices Group.
AT&T Mobile Office Suite is now available on AT&T devices running Windows Phone, iOS or Android.
Chris Marsh, 451 Research’s principal analyst of enterprise mobile app strategies, said there “should be good business to be had in bundling up low-hanging-fruit productivity applications for mobile workers, especially as low-effort subscriptions.”
“With the first iPhone debuting in 2007, we are now arguably eight years into the mass smart mobility revolution, yet business mobile productivity remains an elusive creature,” Marsh said, commenting specifically on a ZDNet article. “It’s arguable how heavy the usage of Microsoft’s Office applications will ever be on smartphones and tablets beyond reading, light editing and content sharing, but for now, that is likely to suffice for companies desperate to raise the productivity of workers outside the office and roaming around office spaces, especially when bundled with core communications services.”
Key elements of AT&T Mobile Office Suite include:
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AT&T also plans to add global audio conferencing later this month so that users can join Lync-based meetings from almost anywhere.
AT&T and Microsoft previously have teamed to increase access to cloud services. In 2013, for example, the software giant announced a joint venture with the carrier in which AT&T customers received VPN access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.