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harmon.ie Office 365 and SharePoint client arrives for BlackBerry 10

By Bla1ze on 13 May 2013 02:37 pm EDT
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If you're looking to access Office 365 and SharePoint on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, you can now dive into the harmon.ie client. Built as a native app for BlackBerry 10, the harmon.ie app provides full-featured Office 365 and on-premise SharePoint functionality, including secure connectivity and offline document access. Collaboration efforts get updated in real-time and activity streams are built right into the app, so you're able to follow along with coworkers on the go.

We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with BlackBerry as they continue to enhance their enterprise app offering,” said Yaacov Cohen, CEO of harmon.ie. “Users demand the same productive experience from their applications wherever they are, and on whatever device they are using. With these newest BlackBerry 10 smartphone apps, harmon.ie is targeting the busy information workers who want to actually ‘use’ their device and not just ‘bring’ it to work. Now, these workers can securely and efficiently access, edit and share documents from the cloud and collaborate in real-time in a social environment.

The app is available as a free download and is live in BlackBerry World right now. In addition, if you're attending BlackBerry Live, harmon.ie will be giving hands-on demos. If you're looking for the full details or need more info, we have the full press release posted below.

Press Release

harmon.ie Office 365 Client App Now Available for BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10

ORLANDO, Fla. -- BlackBerry Live 2013 - harmon.ie, the user experience company for the mobile enterprise today announced a native Office 365 and SharePoint app for the BlackBerry® Z10 and BlackBerry® Q10 smartphones is available on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront. harmon.ie for BlackBerry 10 will be offered as part of the harmon.ie 4.0 product suite, also announced today. These apps will be showcased at BlackBerry Live in Orlando, May 13-15, booth 263. Follow the show events on Twitter at #BlackBerry4Biz.

The harmon.ie app provides full-featured Office 365 and on-premise SharePoint functionality, including secure connectivity and offline document access. By combining the productivity of Office 365 with a native BlackBerry 10 app user experience, harmon.ie is enabling executives using a BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to be productive in the workplace and to use the phone as a business tool. Busy executives can now work on contracts, spreadsheets and presentations securely accessing Office 365 from their BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

Users also get real-time updates as colleagues work on important documents then follow those documents with an intuitive activity stream of collaboration activities. Workers can save documents on their device so they will be available off-line, and upload documents received as email attachments onto Office 365 to device and from device to Office 365, all within a secure environment.

This new level of mobile productivity elevates the message of "bring your own device" to "use your own device” and brings a tangible ROI to the BYOD enterprise trend.

“BlackBerry has always been invested in providing enterprise customers with effective tools to get business done,” said Martyn Mallick, VP of Global Alliances and Business Development at BlackBerry. “We are thrilled to have harmon.ie bring both SharePoint and Office 365 to the BlackBerry 10 platform and are confident BlackBerry customers will appreciate the social nature of these business solutions.”

harmon.ie presentations at BlackBerry Live:

  • What: “Enabling Collaboration with BlackBerry Work Drives, Cisco WebEx and Microsoft SharePoint”
  • Who: Andrew Short, manager, Enterprise Product Management at BlackBerry
  • When: Wednesday, May 15, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Learn about how to increase productivity with the harmon.ie collaboration that brings Microsoft® SharePoint® to BlackBerry 10.

  • What: “Q&A Panel: Unified Communications & Collaboration Tools”
  • Who: David Hanson, Andrew Short, Robert Bowerman, Jeff Kuckelman, BlackBerry
  • When: Wednesday, May 15, 4:45-6:15 p.m. 

Have questions about leveraging Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) tools in your organization? This is the session for you! Join this session to ask our expert panel about managing BlackBerry® Mobile Voice System, BlackBerry® Enterprise Instant Messaging, Microsoft® SharePoint, BlackBerry® Work Drives and much more.

“We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with BlackBerry as they continue to enhance their enterprise app offering,” said Yaacov Cohen, CEO of harmon.ie. “Users demand the same productive experience from their applications wherever they are, and on whatever device they are using. With these newest BlackBerry 10 smartphone apps, harmon.ie is targeting the busy information workers who want to actually ‘use’ their device and not just ‘bring’ it to work. Now, these workers can securely and efficiently access, edit and share documents from the cloud and collaborate in real-time in a social environment.”

Availability

The harmon.ie app for BlackBerry 10 is now available for download on BlackBerry World. More information about system requirements and features is posted here. The app works with any current SharePoint credentials; no need to make any application changes, and no server-side configuration is required.

About harmon.ie

harmon.ie, the user experience company for the mobile enterprise, delivers a consistent experience across multiple social and collaboration platforms from different vendors such as Microsoft, Yammer and IBM. Thousands of businesses including Citi, DuPont and BAE Systems use harmon.ie across mobile, desktop and cloud to evolve into more socially powered enterprises. For more information, visit http://harmon.ie/.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third party products or services. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

 

20 comments

QuIcKsIlV3r

Oh this is good news, will have to try this out

Posted via my ZED 10 on CB10

jesse_h

Finally!

Posted via CB10

MaxxJag

Somehow this reminded me about V1K1 and how it hasn't appeared...
Not sure why, but at least we're getting some nice useful apps that weren't advertised (or advertised much)

jojo beaconsfield

great news, this week is going to be very rewarding.

Supa_Fly1

http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-10-apps-f274/harmon-ie-enables-o...

Common Bla1ze ... really give the credit to the people that post information first - at least I did.
1hour and 37mins.

imcurved

Thanks for the link.

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DjDante

Aww supa fly feelings are hurt

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Supa_Fly1

Indeed they are. I spent a lot of time dogging for a SharePoint app even wasting effort to download one that didn't do cap! Found one already mentioned in the forums, as a preview checked the link and it was null. Checked Bloomberg and found today's announcement, gave credit back to the original thread where two where trying and posted the preview and parsed the article here.

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imcurved

Good selling point.

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Joe.User

Productivity just got a major boost! And being a native app improves the experience altogether! I was waiting for this

zambanini

No Heisenberg app?

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tg1

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Posted by my awesome Z10

pdbhoy

I'll be hooking this up to my company Sharepoint for a spin tomorrow morning while listening to all the BlackBerry live content. Must say excited to hear some new things... Hear Spotify is on their way to BlackBerry 10 soon too... yas!

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bigaone22

I'm gonna grab this now, thank u

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RahulChannar

Tnx CB I was walking for such an app.

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ScwB

This is _not_ a native app. It's a cleverly skinned LIE. I could be wrong, but it's doubtful. Run the app and you will immediately notice all the small things that are wrong.

The buttons and controls are wrong and don't behave the same way as native buttons and controls (different appearance, different colours, different animations when you press them). As an example, go into the Add Site area and look at the 'Foce SSLv3' slider. It's not native. Here's more proof: In a native app you can tap-and-drag the button left button to the right (the button which shows filters, other tabs, etc.). This normally reveals your options (e.g. in your Hub this shows the different accounts, twitter, facebook, etc.). In this Harmon app, you can't do that.

Another example: Try to pull down from the top. Nothing happens.

Another example: Go to Settings > About. Here both the a 'Settings' button and the 'Back' button are displayed. These two buttons are never shown together in a native app (AFAIK). I believe this was a design policy choice, from what I remember of the BB10 developer docs.

There are tons of inconsistencies here. Overall, this is a huge fake and is a large disservice to BB10. This app lags so horribly that it harms the reputation of BB10 native apps being fast and smooth.

Please get a comment from Harmon and post an update to this article. Harmon should not lie about this being a native app and that fact should be exposed. Don't let them hurt the BB10 brand!

roysheinfeld

ScwB,

The harmon.ie app is a native app written specifically for BB using the WebWorks platform.
True, not all the UI elements are equal to the Cascades elements as every UI platform as its nuances.

The "app lags" issue is probably related to your slow SharePoint connectivity. It has nothing to do with the fact this is a WebWorks app.

We at harmon.ie are very excited with the interface we built and with the capabilities of the BlackBerry's WebWorks platform. We'll continue with our efforts making everything we can to provide the best Office 365 and SharePoint experience BB user deserve.

Roy Sheinfeld
harmon.ie
Co-founder and VP R&D

ScwB

So then, we have a different understanding of what truly constitutes a "native" app. To me, only a Cascades or C/C++ app is truly native. Heck, even the BlackBerry developer website separates Native and WebWorks. Overall, to be native, the UI should be look and act the same as an actual native app, whereas harmon.ie does not unfortunately.

As for the lag, the app is terribly, utterly slow even without a sharepoint site added, so no, it's not my sharepoint connectivity. Based on the reviews in BB World, I'm not alone in thinking this app lags badly. Being that it's a web app at heart, the lag is now fully explained, unfortunately.

I don't mean to insult you or detract from your app. In the end, I see it as a bad thing for BlackBerry if users get the wrong impression of the true power and UI of BlackBerry 10.

roysheinfeld

Working closely with the BB team the past months, I'm sure they don't share your observations.
The BlackBerry site does not classify Cascades as native. You can use either Cascades or WebWorks for UI, both can use the Core Native API. harmon.ie has a lot of parts written in native. If you really want to promote the BB platform, you should know that one of the things that makes BB10 so great is the fact it supports HTML5 apps via WebWorks as a first class citizen to the OS.
I also suggest you take a second look at BB World reviews. I would hate if people won't try out our app due to your comments.

ScwB

By all means, others should try your app and see if their experience is better than my own. It may very well be that the app is performing differently on different phones, but I can only judge the app based on its performance for me.

My comments on native are based on the BlackBerry developer website which clearly includes both Cascades and "Core Native" within their Native SDK area.

I also do promote the power and flexibility of the BB10 OS, while recognizing that despite many improvements in recent years, true native apps still tend to perform better than HTML5 apps, even when native integration is available.