11 votes1 comment · Excel for Mobile Devices, Tablets, Phones (Android, iOS, Windows Mobile) » Opening and Saving Files · Flag idea as inappropriate… · Admin →Anonymous commented
I agree with the post in saying that there are definitely many of my clients, and certainly countless others, who could use an elegant, first-party solution to being able to place access restrictions on these mobile Office apps. Since iOS/iPadOS and other mobile platforms lack the ability to easily, readily, and reliably restrict access based on a system of user profiles, it then falls to the software developers to help us answer this need, such that mobile devices that are accessible to many users can restrict or grant limited access to the app, or to specific files (cloud or local), whether this is done via the old methods of encrypting a file with a passcode, or using the more modern options of simple, numerical passcodes and biometrics (Touch or Face ID). Obviously, this describes only one of many use cases, as I can think of at least a dozen other legitimate cases in which limited access could help organizations prevent privacy issues, help parents who let their children play games on a phone not worry that the family budget will become a dozen worksheets of cells that all contain that child’s name, etc. However, the feature request is also something that should be considered as a way to fix an issue with continuity that exists, and has existed for over two years, in the Microsoft mobile software offerings; OneDrive has offered this feature in the form of a passcode (and then biometrics, once the passcode option has been selected) to even open the app. I have not dug deep enough into that app’s feature update log history to find out exactly when it was implemented, but it was prior to 2017Q1. If the other mobile apps are to achieve feature parity, they are a few years behind, which is a very long time in this business. They have also introduced the “Vault” feature as of the second half of 2019, as a way to further strengthen the ability of users to create layers to privacy and security. Meanwhile, we are asking for just the first of those features, across all of the Office productivity apps.
I have no juvenile threats to make about wanting to switch software if this feature is not implemented. As a member of the IT community, and someone who acknowledges MS Office as the de facto standard of the past couple decades, I am neither a fanboy nor a harsh critic. I have been fluent in Office since I first used it on a desktop PC in the early days of Windows, and I am pleased with the work that gone into creating a responsive and reasonably feature-rich mobile app alternative for the modern day. However, I do sincerely hope that between the (often unspoken) appreciation of the many users who try to offer feedback and help build with this community rather than critique and rant in offensive ways, and given the recent history of consistent and useful updates to the full range of MS apps, that this feature request receives some extra attention, and perhaps becomes a higher priority for the development teams.
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