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The Android mobile platform is about to become better-suited for business use, thanks to two upcoming software offerings from DataViz due in 2009: Documents to Go, a Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewing, creation and editing program; and RoadSync, a Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync program.

Many business-oriented smartphones already ship with a free, standard version of Documents to Go, including new BlackBerry devices, and there's a Premium Edition with expanded functionality that sells for $69.99. Docs to Go is also available for Palm Windows Mobile and

Symbian devices, and it should be coming soon to the iPhone 3G.

While the standard version doesn’t allow for new document creation -- one of the most valuable features of document viewing apps -- there are "tricks" to enable the functionality in the free Docs to Go software.


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