Microsoft, AT&T Team for SMB Mobile Productivity
AT&T's new Mobile Office Suite for small and midsize businesses bundles Office 365 Office and Microsoft Lync integration.Microsoft and AT&T are partnering to provide small and midsize businesses (SMBs) that are invested in the Office 365 ecosystem with a new cloud-based solution that incorporates the productivity platform across mobile platforms (Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows). AT&T Mobile Office Suite, announced today during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is aimed at helping SMBs with limited IT know-how and resources leverage Microsoft Office's mobile collaborations features, regardless of device. The bundled offering, which works with smartphones and tablets on AT&T's network, includes access to Office 365 Online (Lync, Exchange, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneDrive) along with voice-over-IP (VoIP) integration and technical support. "I'm constantly hearing from small and midsize businesses how important productivity is to them in this mobile-first, cloud-first world," recounted Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Microsoft's Devices Group and former Nokia CEO, in a statement. "So, it's especially exciting to introduce a solution that offers a mobility of experiences across devices." Once confined to Windows PCs and Macs, in recent years Office has expanded onto the Web and popular mobile platforms. On March 27, 2014, shortly after taking the helm at Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella launched the long-awaited native Office apps (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for Apple's market-leading tablet, the iPad.
One of the bundle's big hallmark features is Voice Connection, according to AT&T's Abhi Ingle, senior vice president of Big Data and Advanced Solutions for the telecommunications giant.