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Microsoft recently published a video on their “WorkingAtMicrosoft” YouTube channel depicting the fun and excitement of being a Program Manager at Microsoft.

The minute and a half long video introduces us to three current Program managers: Terri Chudzik (Lead Program Manager), Klorida Miraj (Senior Program Manager) and Bayo Olatunji (Program Manager), a few of whom work on Windows Phone.

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Marie Claire (www.marieclaire.co.uk), a popular women's magazine, held a @work with Windows Phone event in London where a panel discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy work and life balance. The panel consisted of Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin, Holly Willoghby, Balance Me co-founder Rebecca Hopkins and jewellery designer Bec Clarke.

The four ladies were joined by dozens of Marie Claire readers for an afternoon discussing women at work and how technology can provide useful features to help smooth out each day. 

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TrueContext Mobile has announced that its ProntoForms (website) mobile business service now supports Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The app, which is now available on the Marketplace, enables business employees to do away with paperwork and use smartphones to fill out forms while on the move and not in the office. Major platforms are already supported, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS and webOS.

TrueContext’s CEO Alvaro Pombo had the following to comment on the platform launch:

"ProntoForms from AT&T is one of our most popular mobile applications for businesses," said VP of advanced mobility solutions at AT&T, Chris Hill. The easy to use, yet highly scalable functionality of the application has been of interest to many different types of companies, from one person in operations using it for construction project cost estimates to large enterprises using it for facility management inspections, merchandising audits and insurance adjustments."

Text and numeric inputs include the following:

  • Drop downs and data source lookups
  • Signature Capture
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Photo Capture
  • Date/Time Selection & Stamps
  • Geostamps
  • Calculations
  • YouTube Video links

 

Service online portal feature list:

  • Organise FormSpaces by project, region, and department
  • Upload CSV data sources
  • Manage user form permissions
  • Configure Form E-mail Notifications
  • Plot Form Submissions on Google Maps
  • Chart your data questions and submission history
  • Export Form data into CSV data
  • Manage Users and Groups
  • Produce advanced activity reports

The features listed above are backed by further integration with Microsoft Office, cloud and management services including SharePoint and SkyDrive. The service as a whole improves productivity for employees, especially on Windows Phone with Microsoft's cloud infrastructure. Working while on the move is now that one step more convenient.

You can download ProntoForms from the Marketplace for free. Pricing for the server starts at $24/mo per user. 

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Sprint conducted a survey recently that revealed that folks think their phone makes them more productive, that text messaging helps that, and that we're bringing our work phones along on vacation. How exactly to reconcile that last point with the feeling that we "have achieved work-life balance"? With a lot of denial, if you ask me.

Ah well, these results should make bosses more likely to buy their employees fancy smartphones, that's hopefully a win for us lowly workers.

Today Sprint (NYSE: S) released findings from the 2006 Sprint Productivity Survey, a nationwide index of wireless phone users and their productivity. Although the results show nearly all wireless phone subscribers (93 percent) bring work-related mobile phones on vacation, the majority of Americans say they have achieved work-life balance (73 percent) and are more productive today than two years ago (67 percent).


Read: Sprint Announces findings from the 2006 Sprint Productivity Survey

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