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EXCEL & Android

by llwas / February 25, 2011 10:36 AM PST

I am an Excel power user, thinking of using an Android Tablet for field work (data entry and interpretation), with pre-designed, complex computational spread sheets.

Who has experience?

Any issues?

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Considering Google Cloud Connect for Office?
by macmcf / February 25, 2011 11:33 AM PST
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I have no personal experience with this, but Google announced a new product yesterday called Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. This provides free add-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on PCs (only) which allow them to essentially act like Google Apps applications, i.e., 1) when a change is made to a file the change is stored on remote servers more-or-less instantly, and 2) the owner may choose to share the file with others with or without write privileges, allowing collaborative modification in real time, and 3) changes can be seen and effected by Android devices. Sound like something that you could use.
See http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2011/02/google-cloud-connect-for-microsoft.html for a start.

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Uncertain Connection
by llwas / February 25, 2011 10:44 PM PST

I will be working in areas with Uncertain Connection to the Internet. Currently I use a laptop, but it is a lot to lug around and sitting to type is problematic. A tablet would be great if it has the functionality. Something light and rugged like a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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I don't know Android well enough...
by macmcf / February 26, 2011 12:34 AM PST
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I'm a newby to Android. I just got my phone 3 days ago, & I'm am trying to find out what it can do. I don't know whether you could download a file from Google Apps and edit it offline on your Android pad: If so, the Cloud Connect might be an ideal solution, since it allows you to make edits offline and to merge your edits with your base document when you reconnect (or not, as you wish). If you can't download and edit, you're probably stuck with a netbook.

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Have you looked at DocumentsToGo (Full Version)?
by macmcf / February 27, 2011 12:20 PM PST
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DocsToGo supports password protected Word & Excel 97-2007 files as well as Google Docs, so you could presumably download your files to a tablet, edit them, & re-post them to the cloud when you got back in range of Internet. Could be worth the $15 to play with it.

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Re: Excel and Android
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 25, 2011 10:55 PM PST
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Let's see the system requirements. For Office 2010 it's
"Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3 (32-bit), Windows Vista with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit) and MSXML 6.0 (32 bit Office only), Windows Server 2008 or later (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Terminal Server and Windows on Windows (WOW) (which allows installing 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems, excluding Windows XP 64) are supported."
See, no Android mentioned. So the combination is a no-go. Better find a Windows 7 laptop, or possibly netbook if you can do your work with a small screen and an rather unusable keyboard.

Kees

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I think so too
by Sovereign Forum moderator / February 26, 2011 3:36 AM PST
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because it is after all a phone with extra features, not a full-featured computer with phone capabilities Happy

~Sovereign

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Re: Excel and Android
by toolmom / October 20, 2011 11:14 AM PDT
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A few sites that you can go to for Excel capabilities is: http://www.freewarelovers.com/android/app/oliveofficeeditor
And
http://www.androidtapp.com/documents-to-go/
And
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mobisystems.editor.office_registered&hl=en

Just be sure that the app is compatable with your tablet. I have a Cruz Velocity T103 series and can use OfficeSuite to view MS Office documents and spreadsheets, but can't edit them. Their support site shows that the Pro version is incompatible with my tablet series, so I am still searching for a freeware option. Cruz recommended OliveOffice Editor, but as there is a problem with my tablet, it won't install. Hope these options help you.

Doreen

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I haven't had any experiences but
by orlbuckeye / February 28, 2011 12:17 AM PST
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