The Future of Mobile Computing

Recently, DejaOffice was featured on the IT Management blog Datamation for being among the top 50 free iPad apps for business. We’re thrilled to be on this list, and I recommend you read through it as there are quite a few great apps mentioned! Reading over the article myself, I started thinking about just how far mobile computing has come and where it is heading.

The iPad, for example, offers access to thousands of apps while maintaining an ultra-portable form factor and featuring intuitive touchscreen inputs. As such, I believe that tablets are signaling a paradigm shift for mobile productivity. In my own use, I have found myself using the iPad for things I used to do on the computer or avoided doing on my smaller smartphone screen. For example, if I need to edit or review a document while I am on the go I can simply open it on the iPad, make any necessary comments or edits, and e-mail it off. I am generally able to interact with my iPad more quickly and efficiently than with my smartphone, making me more productive while mobile. I could go on, but the point is simple: I now have a device that gives me the power I need with the mobility I want.

What’s more amazing, however, is the fact that a device like the iPad has only been out for one year. Think about just how far cell phones have come in the last 5 years. If cell phone technology has advanced that far in a few years, just imagine where tablets will go! It is truly an exciting future to think about.

Welcome To The iPhone, Verizon

Today is the day that many Verizon customers have been waiting for. The Apple iPhone officially went on sale for pre-order on the Verizon network at 3am EST today. While the iPhone has been available for a few years, today marks the first day that US customers have a service option other than AT&T.

Sync with iPhone

As a happy iPhone user myself, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the many Verizon customers who will soon be getting their first iPhone. One of the first things you’ll likely be doing is heading in to the App Store to start downloading apps. As you’ll soon discover, there are many great apps to install. I personally recommend downloading Dropbox, Dragon Dictation, and Kik Messenger, to name a few. That said, I’d like to focus on one app specifically: our very own DejaOffice. DejaOffice is designed to enhance the iPhone experience for business customers. With DejaOffice, you gain access to business-class contact, calendar, note, and task management. A detailed list of features is available at www.dejaoffice.com. These features make all the difference for business people who are looking to stay productive while on the go.

DejaOffice works great as a stand-alone app. However, many business people have spent time carefully nurturing customer databases they’ve built up over the years. They need a way to get their customer info on their new iPhone.

That’s why we built DejaOffice!

It works seamlessly with CompanionLink. When paired with the CompanionLink application for PC, DejaOffice will sync data with many of the most popular database systems available, including Microsoft Outlook, ACT!, Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes, and more.

DejaOffice [iTunes link] is currently a free app on the iTunes App Store. CompanionLink is a PC application available as a 14-day trial: https://www.companionlink.com/products/.

Switching from BlackBerry to Android

Thinking about making the switch?  You’re not alone.

There are at least 300,000 new Android activations every day!  The Nielson Company has some lovely graphs that show Android dwarfing both iPhone and RIM (BlackBerry) in terms of growth in the past 6 months.

But many BlackBerry owners are worried to make the switch.

  • Will I get secure email?
  • Will I get the same level of productivity that my BlackBerry gives me?
  • What happens to my beloved keyboard?
  • Is Android really ready for my business data?

Here’s a free reference guide that answers these and other questions.  It does three things:

  1. Walk you through the pitfalls of migrating from BlackBerry to Android
  2. Educate you about what busiuness capablities Android devices do and don’t do well
  3. Advise which third-party apps to download to achieve the most business productivity

CompanionLink releases DejaOffice 1.1.4 for iPhone and iPad

The newest release of DejaOffice for Apple devices is now available on the App Store. DejaOffice is a contact manager app suite with business-class calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps. New features in this release include:

* Added support for multiple contact categories.
* Added support for custom contact fields.
* Added Franklin style priorities for tasks.
* Added support for synching TBYL tasks and events from Outlook (requires CompanionLink build 4029 or higher).
* Added new interface for creating/editing tasks. New interface adds fields for contact links, Start Date, Completion Percentage, Status, and Location.
* Added Title field for DejaNotes.
* Added support for syncing DejaNotes via Secure Hosted Sync (requires CompanionLink build 4029 or higher).
* Improved list views for all apps.

 

You can download the free update direct from the App Store. More information is available at dejaoffice.com

* Added support for multiple contact categories.

* Added support for custom contact fields.

* Added Franklin style priorities for tasks.

* Added support for synching TBYL tasks and events from Outlook (requires CompanionLink build 4029 or higher).

* Added new interface for creating/editing tasks. New interface adds fields for contact links, Start Date, Completion Percentage, Status, and Location.

* Added Title field for DejaNotes.

* Added support for syncing DejaNotes via Secure Hosted Sync (requires CompanionLink build 4029 or higher).

* Improved list views for all apps.

DejaOffice 1.9 now available on the Android Market

CompanionLink is excited to announce the release of DejaOffice 1.9. This new update features a setup wizard designed to configure your sync with DejaOffice quickly and painlessly. The update also includes priority styles for tasks – you can now manage your tasks with Outlook-style, Palm-style, or Franklin Covey-style priorities. In addition, there are many small usability changes throughout the app.

DejaOffice 1.9 includes:

  • An onboard Setup Wizard to help configure PC sync with Android in under 2 minutes
  • Priority styles for tasks – Outlook Style, Palm Style, Alpha (Franklin Covey) Style
  • Wi-Fi sync with PC using CompanionLink
  • Easy call and text message buttons in the contacts view
  • Calendar year-view
  • Contact pictures

To download the free update, visit www.dejaoffice.com or search for “DejaOffice” in the Android Market.

Sync Nokia Symbian S60 and Symbian S^3 devices like the Nokia N8 with your PC using CompanionLink

CompanionLink announces support for synchronization with Nokia Symbian devices via Google. CompanionLink installs on the PC and syncs contacts, calendar and tasks with any Google/Gmail account. Google then syncs wirelessly and automatically with Symbian devices from Nokia using Nokia’s Mail for Exchange app.Two-way sync is supported so that changes made on the phone will sync back to the PC.

Sync your PC with Nokia Symbian devices

CompanionLink supports a wide variety of PC software, including Microsoft Outlook, Sage ACT!, Palm Desktop, IBM Lotus Notes and more. More information and a 14-day free trial are available at www.companionlink.com/symbian

Sync Salesforce CRM with Google and Your phone – Android, iPhone & iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7

Sync with SalesforceCompanionLink now supports sync with Salesforce! Sync your Salesforce CRM contacts, calendar and tasks with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Google then provides free wireless sync to most popular smartphone platforms, including Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm webOS, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile and Nokia Symbian.

CompanionLink gives Salesforce users an easy way to sync their crucial CRM data to their phones with no monthly fees. Because Google supports a wide range of platforms, CompanionLink can offer Salesforce sync with the most popular phones currently available, including the Motorola DROID 2 and DROID Pro, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S, Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry Torch, and Palm Pre and Pixi. Two-way sync is fully supported so that changes made from the phone or Google account will sync back to Salesforce.

To try it out, you’ll need:

  • A Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account
  • A Salesforce Professional, Enterprise, or Unlimited account
  • CompanionLink Professional

You can find more info and a 14-day free trial of CompanionLink Professional at www.companionlink.com/salesforce/

How to sync the DROID Pro with Outlook

Sync the DROID Pro with Outlook

The DROID Pro, released today on Verizon, is a business-oriented Android device that is targeted squarely at the BlackBerry market. The DROID Pro features a physical keyboard tacked on to a portrait-oriented candybar form factor. The DROID Pro also features universal GSM and UMTS bands for global roaming. For a device that clearly caters to the business crowd, it lacks some crucial functionality –  there is no easy way to sync the DROID Pro with Outlook.

That’s where CompanionLink comes in. Like many Android phones, the DROID Pro will automatically sync with a Google account, and Google does provide a free calendar sync tool for Outlook. But what about contacts, tasks and notes? CompanionLink offers three ways to fully sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with the DROID Pro:

Direct USB Sync provides a fast and secure method to sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes with the DROID Pro. This method ensures maximum data security because it does not use a cloud-based service to store or exchange data.

Local Wi-Fi Sync allows synchronizing Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to DROID Pro using a home or office Wi-Fi network. The PC and DROID Pro are connected to the same network, through which CompanionLink synchronizes data. This method offers a secure wireless sync with no monthly fees.

CL Secure Hosted Sync is a wireless subscription service ($9.95/month) that provides secure and automatic sync of all data types to the phone.  Data will sync automatically anywhere the DROID Pro has a wireless data connection.

CompanionLink’s sync software for DROID Pro works in tandem with an Android app called DejaOffice. DejaOffice is a robust suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps that support Outlook features such as color-coded categories, sort by company name, and task priorities. CompanionLink and DejaOffice provide a tightly integrated solution for managing Outlook data on the DROID Pro.

CompanionLink’s sync solutions for DROID Pro start at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial can be found at www.companionlink.com/droidpro

CompanionLink announces Outlook sync for Windows Phone 7

Sync with Windows Phone 7CompanionLink is happy to announce sync support for Windows Phone 7 devices like the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, HTC HD7, LG Quantum, and Dell Venue Pro.

CompanionLink syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account. Google provides wireless contact and calendar sync to Windows Phone 7 through the Exchange ActiveSync protocol. In addition to Microsoft Outlook, CompanionLink supports sync with Outlook Business Contact Manager, Sage ACT!, Palm Desktop, Novell GroupWise, and Time & Chaos.

CompanionLink’s sync solutions for Windows Phone 7 start at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial can be found at www.companionlink.com/windowsphone/

Android Lounge Reviews CompanionLink for Outlook

Android Lounge just posted a review of the new CompnionLink for Outlook – Read the full review (Google Translate link)

More information about CompanionLink for Outlook can be found at www.companionlink.com/outlook