SharePoint 2007 goes mobile

I already new that Office SharePoint 2007 was going to support mobile browser access,  but this article by Martin Kearn provides a good description and some images that show you what to expect (functional but ugly)

Mobilesharepoint

Anyway the post has an extra treat, it introduced me to the fact that you can download a networked emulator for the Pocket PC that you can use to actually try this integration with SharePoint out even if you don’t have a Pocket PC, and even if you do it should be great for demos over a web conference.  Here are the details from Martin’s site:

The easiest way to investigate this further is to get the Microsoft Windows Mobile emulator from http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/windowsmobile/downloads/emulatorpreview/default.aspx. Follow the instructions on the page for getting onto Betaplace and downloading the emulator.

Once you have the installation file, I suggest that you install it directly onto your SharePoint server. This way it is much easier to configure the networking between the server and the emulator.

The emulator will allow you to emulate a smart phone or PDA. I found that the PDA is easiest to work with. Follow these instructions to get a mobile view of SharePoint on your PDA emulator (you should be able to adapt them for SmartPhone if you are familiar with the SmartPhone interface)

          Install the emulator and start the ‘Emulate Pocket PC-WM 2003 SE(Cold Boot)’ from your start menu

          Map your real network card to the device by going to File > Configure > Network Tab > Enable ‘NE2000 PCMCIA adapter and bind to’ and click ‘OK’

Note: All of the following instructions are for the device interface itself, not the emulator application, unless otherwise stated.

 

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    You can download the emulator here:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/downloads/Emulator/default.aspx

    Microsoft Device Emulator 1.0 is a stand-alone version of the same ARM-based device emulator that ships as part of Visual Studio 2005. It is useful for running/demonstrating applications on PCs that do not have Visual Studio 2005 installed. Emulator image packs are available for the following versions of Windows Mobile: Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0, and Windows Mobile 5.0 with Messaging and Security Feature Pack.

  2. Ousmane Mbacke says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering how can we approve a document linked to a Sharepoint Approval workflow from your mobile? On the mobile device I see the task but no link to edit the task.

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