The iPhone office for Microsoft Office users

I read an excellent blog post by Stephen Waddington today “The iPhone office: 25+ apps for working in public relations on the move“.  Whilst it was an excellent list, with lots of crossover between his most useful apps and my own, there were some noticeable appsimage missing that are in my workflow.

I’d recommend checking out his list and then adding to your collection using the apps below.  For ease, I am using the same sections that Stephen has listed on his post.

Social Networking

Stephen listed the common Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn apps but I am adding Yammer into the mix.  The enterprise social network basic version is free for businesses and the premium version is included in certain Office 365 subscriptions.


Before becoming an Office 365 user I was an Evernote user but in recent months I have migrated to OneNote.  This is an excellent fully featured note taking app that syncs to the cloud for easy access.  This has been continually developed by Microsoft and recently added handwriting support for iPad.

In addition, the Microsoft Word app is free for Office 365 subscribers, maintains fidelity for Word documents and gives you access to your OneDrive files with ease.”


I wouldn’t be without Lync for helping me stay in touch with my work colleagues on the move.  It allows me to see my colleague’s presence status, send instant messages and make video and audio calls.  Lync is about to be rebranded as Skype for Business but as yet there’s no word on a new iOS app to accompany it.

I have been a firm fan of the default iOS Mail app having tried and rejected a number of alternatives.  In January, two months after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft released the rebranded Outlook app which connects to Exchange,, iCloud, Google, Yahoo and other IMAP accounts.  It’s the first real contender that stopped me using iOS Mail and Calendar.


As a Microsoft user my documents are all stored in the cloud with my personal files in my consumer OneDrive and my work files in OneDrive for Business.  Up to recently, these were accessed using separate apps but Microsoft has unified the app into the OneDrive app.

Other notable apps

I’ve already posted about the recently released Office Lens app which I believe is a game changer.  You can take photos of whiteboards, printed and handwritten documents, and business cards, and share them in a wide range of formats.

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