SharePoint on your Phone!


One of the interesting new features in MOSS 2007 is the support around mobile devices. In this article, I’ll aim to give you a quick overview of how you can get the next version of SharePoint on your phone.


What are Mobile Views?


Every list and library in MOSS 2007 or WSSv3 is capable of hosting ‘Mobile Views’. These are standard views of lists or libraries that an administrator has defined as being mobile enabled. You can also view individual list items in mobile form.


This is a picture of the mobile view for a standard task item.


How do you navigate to these Mobile Views?


Every site has a mobile home. You can get to it by simply appending an ‘m’ on the end of the URL. For example the mobile view for the following URL http://<server>/TestSite can be accessed by http://<server>/TestSite/m.  


From the mobile home you can navigate through the lists, libraries and list items in the site.


This picture shows the mobile home of a standard team site


How do I configure Mobile Views?


Each list has a default mobile view, but you can configure any normal view as being ‘mobile’. This is all done through the same interface that you’d use to modify view filters, sorts etc.


This picture shows the UI for enabling a normal view as being ‘mobile’


When you access a list using your device, you can use a drop-down to choose the most appropriate view. However, generally speaking the most sensible views for a mobile device are pre-configured as the default mobile view. For example, the default for a tasks list is ‘my tasks’.


How do I play with this more?


The easiest way to investigate this further is to get the Microsoft Windows Mobile emulator from http://msdn.microsoft.com/mobility/windowsmobile/downloads/emulatorpreview/default.aspx. Follow the instructions on the page for getting onto Betaplace and downloading the emulator.


Once you have the installation file, I suggest that you install it directly onto your SharePoint server. This way it is much easier to configure the networking between the server and the emulator.


The emulator will allow you to emulate a smart phone or PDA. I found that the PDA is easiest to work with. Follow these instructions to get a mobile view of SharePoint on your PDA emulator (you should be able to adapt them for SmartPhone if you are familiar with the SmartPhone interface)


          Install the emulator and start the ‘Emulate Pocket PC-WM 2003 SE(Cold Boot)’ from your start menu


          Map your real network card to the device by going to File > Configure > Network Tab > Enable ‘NE2000 PCMCIA adapter and bind to’ and click ‘OK’


Note: All of the following instructions are for the device interface itself, not the emulator application, unless otherwise stated.


          Go to ‘Settings’ from the start menu


          Click on ‘Network Cards’


          Choose ‘The Internet’ on the ‘My network card connects to’ drop-down


          Click on ‘NE2000 Compatible Adapter’


          Set your IP and Name Server settings in accordance with your environment (it needs to be in the same subnet as your server).


          Click ‘OK’ until you are back to your home screen


          On the emulator application, disable and re-enable the network card mapping from File > Configure > Network Tab > Enable ‘NE2000 PCMCIA adapter and bind to’ (this is the equivalent to unplugging the PCMCIA card, you’ll see the icon change on the device screen)


          On the device, wait for the network icon to show that it has re-connected.


          You will get a new icon at the top of the device screen. Click on it and choose ‘This network card connects me to the internet’


          Load Internet Explorer from the start menu and type your portal URL with an /m at the end


          Enter login credentials and the mobile home should appear


 I hope this was interesting.

Comments (24)

  1. EROL says:

    Nice feature ;+) EROL  do you go to the : The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2006  EROL MVP SPS http://www.clubsps.org

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  3. maurice says:

    is there the ability to get this functionality on the current version of sharepoint?

  4. spv says:

    anybody got a sharepoint 2007 site that is accessible from the internet to see what it really looks like on a pda/smartphone?

  5. Bob German says:

    I’ve used ActiveSync and the SOTI controller to do this from my laptop Virtual PC. Set up Virtual PC with a loopback (or physical) adapter; ensure you can hit your virtual PC site from your physical machine’s browser. Now connect w/ActiveSync, which will bridge your device to the laptop’s networking. From there, you should be able to browse the site using the same URL as you did on the laptop, with the "/m" added of course!

    The SOTI controller makes your device show up on the screen for demos, otherwise it works the same.

    Good luck!

  6. Ian Morrish says:

    (SPV) This was probably the first WSSv3 site on the Internet 🙂

    The default site mobile view is not working on the top level site due to a bug but you can view my blog on a mobile device http://www.wssdemo.com/blog/m

  7. Sergey says:

    (Martin) We are running Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and have a real need to make the mobile views available. Is there any way we can achieve it without going for MOSS 2007?

    Thanks

  8. Just to clarify … the mobile view functionality in this article is MOSS-only. Currently, I’m not aware of any solution that does this for WSS 2.0 or SPS 2003. You could build one using ASP.net and the SharePoint 2003 / WSS 2.0 object models, but I’d expect it would be quite a lot of work.

  9. RabbieBearns says:

    Can you tell me what the device requirements are?  It looks from the views that the only requirements would be a wap browser.  However to make it useful once you consume documents off the mobile views, you would minimally need document viewers.  Optimally, you would be using Windows Mobile 5 PPC phones with choice displays!  🙂

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  15. Scott says:

    Is there any way to add search capabilities to the default mobile page?

  16. There is now way to add search by configuration, however, the pages you view are just ASPX pages so these could easily be modified to include some kind of search interface.

  17. Evgeny says:

    Does anyone have any idea of how to manually enforce the mobile view for the discussion board in sps 2003? I beleive that it can be done as it is done already for some lists (i.e Shared Documents, Tasks)

    I tried this by  modifying the schema.xml file for the dicussion list, setting MoliveView="TRUE" etc (as it was recomended in msdn2) for the particular list view and it did not work out for me.

  18. Evgeny says:

    A little mistake in my prevoius post sps 2003 it’s the WSSv3 of course 😉

  19. Evgeny says:

    I’ve made a little mistake in my previous post – sps 2003 it’s the WSSv3 of course 😉

  20. There is some great documentation present in MSDN Online regarding mobile development for SharePoint