Windows Mobile Smartphones Can View Microsoft Office 2007 Files with Documents To Go

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DataViz has released Documents To Go Premium Edition 3 for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone and Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices. The major improvement in this version is the ability to open and view Microsoft Word 2007 and Excel 2007 files in their native .docx and .xlsx formats.

Office 2007 is the most significant upgrade in this suite of applications in about a decade, leading to big changes in the associated file formats. The latest version uses a new Extensible Markup Language (XML) based file format, Open XML, which was designed to facilitate data exchange between different information systems. 

The change in file formats has forced mobile software developers to make significant changes to their applications, and it’s taking some time. So far DataViz has only been able to release versions, like this one for WM Smartphones (and an earlier one for Palm OS devices), which let users look at — but not edit — Office 2007 documents.

A release which will include the ability to edit and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office 2007 files will be available later in the year.  Customers who purchase Documents To Go Premium Edition 3 now will receive this update at no additional cost. 

Standard Features

Naturally, the entire focus of this application isn’t on Office 2007. DocsToGo allows users to edit and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from earlier versions of Microsoft Office in their native formats.

This software suite includes DataViz’s InTact Technology. This means that files that are edited on a smartphone can be emailed as attachments and still retain their complex file formatting, including track changes, headers and footers, macros, and animations.

This application sells for $29.99 and is available now directly from the DataViz web site. A free demo version is also available.

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