Tag Archives: Mobility

SFB mobile always on

We want Skype for Business (SFB) to work exactly like WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc. It should be available all the time and notify when someone wants to chat with me. The chats should continue. SFB on mobile keeps logging of periodically. Which makes it painful to wait every time you want to resume chat. The solution to keep SFB mobile always on is simple.

SFB Mobile always on : Change setting

Go to Settings and choose Keep running in background. That’s it.

SFB settings page   SFB mobile always on setting

Monitor this for a few days and check its impact on battery life. This is not necessarily a set and forget type of option. You may want it ON when you have good battery power and you are expecting lots of chats / meetings to happen.

If you have unreliable connection, low battery power, and are not expecting a busy day, turn off the setting.

While we are at it, here are some additional options you should think about.

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Word Mobile Scrolling

Word Mobile is a brilliant product. It exceeds expectations in every possible way. For example, take a simple feature like scrolling. What more can you do to enhance scrolling? But Microsoft has really boosted that feature beyond your imagination. Here is a short visual blog to show you how it works. 

14 sec video. It will repeat automatically.

Word mobile scroll

It allow you to scroll while viewing the thumbnail. So convenient and useful.

The clarify of the thumbnail is perfect, even on the small mobile screen.

Works flawlessly with large documents.

Reach the desired page and stop scrolling. It will move to that page.

There is no way to abort scrolling. Remember, no Esc button on mobiles!

Neither scrolling nor thumbnail is a new feature in itself.

But combining them together in touch context is called innovation.

Right Click on mobile devices

There is no click – only touch. Therefore Right Click on mobile is not available. At least not in the way we are used to on Windows. Here are various equivalent methods.

How to Right Click on mobile devices

Right click was designed to expose more options available at the location where you clicked. This is necessary because all the useful and relevant commands cannot fit on the screen. There is no space available. Mobile devices have even more serious space constraint. Therefore, they have to find new ways to show additional features. Here are the most common ways available. Continue reading Right Click on mobile devices

Ultimate Outlook client: TouchDown

I have been using this for many years. I resisted writing about it for so long. But now, it is time to explain the reality. If you want full functionality of Outlook (rather Exchange Mailbox) on your Android or iPhone, use TouchDown. It is comprehensive, resilient and versatile. It implements Exchange capabilities to the fullest possible extent. Here is a quick list of what it has to offer.

Outlook Touchdown

  1. All types of folders are supported. Including Tasks.
  2. Supports color categories
  3. Allows you to convert a mail to task
  4. Shows full conversation view
  5. Fully customizable feature set
  6. Mobile forms support
  7. Implements full Outlook mobility policy
  8. Supports 80% of desktop Outlook features (often easier)

If you have not tried it, try it NOW. In the App Store or Google Play, there will be two versions visible: TouchDown and TouchDown HD. Most of us should use the HD version, which is designed for Android (Honeycomb/ICS/JellyBean Tablets and Smartphones). Another version is available for older Android Phones.

The user interface may look dated. Nowadays, user interface “coolness” seems to be more important than functional benefits. In spite of that, you will appreciate the sheer flexibility and customizability of this product.

For technical folks, this is the best implementation of Exchange Web Services. I am saddened by the fact that Microsoft’s own clients for Outlook offer a very small subset of functionality of what TouchDown offers (in spite of many acquisitions).

Here is a screenshot of the advanced configuration options – just to give you a feel of the richness of this product.

Touchdown advanced settings

It offers a free trial for 30 days, after which you pay approx. 20  USD per year.
In my opinion, it is absolute value for money. The only other app which has such high ROI, in my opinion, is LastPass (which is 11 USD per year) – in terms of sheer value add.

Disclaimer: I have no commercial contract with TouchDown or Synamtech. I do not benefit in any way due to sales of this product.

CIO Perspective: SMAC – Session Video

I conducted a session on Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) in the CIO CROWN 2015 conference yesterday. Results of an informal CIO survey were presented along with key best practices in analytics space. Of course, lots of demos were shown as well.

You can download this 35 min video from here. (86 MB, Zip file)
Due to a problem with the mic, the audio quality is poor. Sorry about that.

SMAC Video:

Session on SMAC

View it in full screen mode. For detailed read Data Analytics: Knowledge Pack