Office Hub

XDA forum member Thunder_ has created an app called Office File Uploader that allows you to move MS Office files directly from your PC to your phone's Office Hub.  Using it is easy. Simply extract the ZIP file from the source link below, connect your phone to your PC and double-click the bookloader.exe file.  Once connected, go to the Office tab and choose what file you want to add to your device by clicking on the upload arrow icon at the bottom.  Make sure your phone is not screen-locked.

Thunder_ discovered that Office File Uploader will also port PDFs over to the Office Hub, which displays them with the red PDF icon that launches Adobe Reader.  However, because the Adobe Reader app does not have access to the My Documents folder on the phone it fails to open them.

Source: XDA; Via: Plaffo

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wp7geek, over at myWindowsPhone, has gone into some detail about how he couldn't access SharePoint via the Office Hub, but could successfully connect in the IE mobile browser. Upon attempting to connect from the Office Hub, the following error message was displayed: 

Sharepoint doesn't support this authentication scheme. For assistance contact the person who manages this SharePoint site. You can try opening the content in your web browser instead. 

wp7geek moved onto explain the cause of this error, which is apparently due to WP7 not supporting NTLM authentication that is used to login on hosted SharePoint servers. While a workaround is possible until Office Hub is updated, it requires changes on the server side of the connection, which involves contacting your host. They would need to either:

  • Deploy a Forefront UAG server (UAG settings are built into Office hub)
  • Enable Forms Based Authentication on the SharePoint Site

Forms Based Authentication (FBA) is basically creating your own login method. To authenticate, a SQL Server, XML, Windows Live IDs, etc can be used. Existing Windows Identities must be migrated to FBA identities to avoid multiple SharePoint identities for a single person. This makes it problematic for hosting companies who may have huge internal SharePoint deployments which reply on windows authentication.

Should you not have the above authentication implemented then you should be able to access the server through Office Hub, but unfortunately if they're not present then you're stuck with IE on your phone for SharePoint. 

Have you experienced problems with this issue?

Source: myWindowsPhone

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Software Review (Windows Phone 7): Office Hub

Microsoft is one of the most diverse technology companies in the world. Search, Gaming, enterprise class Mail and Storage solutions, and of course Mobile; Microsoft is among the world leaders in all of these areas.

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular software suites ever. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been used by millions of people throughout the world. As such a popular set of tools, the Office products are also the de facto standard for document portability. Because of the sheer popularity of Office, even competing products are forced to offer as much support for Office documents as possible.

Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s attempt to put their best foot forward in the mobile market. But how does the Office Hub live up to the high standards that Microsoft has set for itself? Read the review for my opinion.

Pros: 
Very Usable, Syncs with SkyDrive and SharePoint
Cons: 
Not yet a full featured product, lack of Cut & Paste hurts
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