10 must-have Windows Phone apps for office workers
Microsoft software helps practically everyone who works in an office, so it should come as no surprise your Lumia is the ideal office tool.
Other than the astonishing hardware, Windows Phone OS and Microsoft Office Mobile, there’s a fantastic selection of apps at your disposal to make office work easier, more efficient, and even (dare I say) kind of fun. No matter what type of office position you might have, there are tons of apps available in the Windows Phone Store that can help you get the job done. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite apps that do everything from resolving small tasks to assisting you in organizing large projects.
If you need to give lots of presentations at work, Office Remote can help you out big time. With this app, you can interact with Microsoft Office from your phone, controlling Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room. It’s particularly useful for PowerPoint, letting you change slides, view speaker notes, check the presentation timer, and even point out your most salient points with a laser pointer.
Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket, letting you take easy notes, capture whiteboards without glare, and keep track of business cards and Post-its. The pictures save both to your Camera Roll and to OneNote for easy access. Never worry about getting those meeting notes copied down in time again!
If you’d like to try something different from the default calendar, give Cal a try. It’s a minimalistic and crisp app that lets you sync with your Microsoft, Google and Facebook calendars. The beautiful live tiles are an added bonus. With reviews like “One of the cleanest, simplest to use calendar apps on the platform” from PhoneArena, it’s worth the $1.99.
With this handy app, you can easily join or host a meeting or webinar via your phone by entering the Meeting ID or tapping a link. You can also view whatever materials the host shares onscreen, such as presentation slides. Additional features like participant chat, “raising a hand”, and polls make meetings a breeze even if you aren’t physically there.
People might say that paper is a dead medium, but if you work in an office there’s a good chance you still need to print stuff, and lots of it. Skip a step or two by printing images and documents directly from your phone using Google Cloud Print service. You can print files from a variety of sources, such as OneDrop, Dropbox, or directly from your phone.
If you use your phone often for work, chances are you’ve amassed quite a collection of files. Get organized and stay that way with the aptly-named Files, a superb file management tool that lets you easily create folders, browse, search, and share your files. And best of all, it’s free!
#1 ToolKit is not exactly intended to be used specifically for office work, but it’s just so handy that you’ll likely find yourself doing just that. This nifty little app is not only easy on the eyes, but also has a variety of tools that you sometimes need around the office: Ruler, Compass, Protractor, Level, Flashlight, Mirror, Magnifier, One Tap, Unit Converter, Currencies, Noise meter, Recorder, Timer, Stop Watch, World Clock, and Speed Meter. Once you get it, you’ll see how indispensable it is.
Counters is a simple and elegantly-designed app that does just what the name suggests—it counts. Using colourful live tiles, you can easily create count lists to keep track of one or more amounts and then name your counts appropriately. It’s great for tallying things up so that you can refer back to it later.
With Team Viewer, you can connect remotely from your phone to any Mac, Windows, Mac or Linux computer that also has TeamViewer. It’s especially useful for tech support and online meetings, but there are tons of ways that this app can be used in the office. 256 Bit AES Session Encoding and 2048 Bit RSA Key Exchange ensure your security, and it works even with firewalls and proxies.
If you need to take a lot of notes, this app can help you out. Sticky Notes HD lets you organize your notes in a highly-customizable way, with a wide selection of attractive colours, placement (for example, you can pin notes to your start screen or your lock screen), and various levels of priorities to choose from. You can also share notes, search through the notes you’ve taken, set reminders, and more. The simplicity and vivid colours of the app make it a lot of fun to use, too!
We hope that you find these 10 apps from the Windows Phone Store as useful as we do! Give them a try and let us know in the comment section which ones you find the handiest, as well as any that we might have left out that you simply can’t work without.