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Microsoft launches Office Remote to enable control of documents through Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has today announced the release of Office Remote, an app which allows users to turn their Windows Phone into a smart remote.

The app enabled you to "interact with" Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 documents on your PC and laptop, and is particularly designed for use during presentations.

"Office Remote turns your phone into a smart remote that interacts with Microsoft Office on your PC," says Bert Van Hoof, an Office group program manager. "The app lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from across the room so you can walk around freely during presentations."

The app is available for download now from the Windows Phone Store. It is compatible with all devices running Windows Phone 8. You'll also need a Bluetooth-enabled PC, with an desktop add-on installed that can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.

Van Hoof added: "With Office Remote you can start your PowerPoint presentation, advance the slides, see your speaker notes, and control an on-screen laser pointer with a touch of your finger—all from your phone.

"You can also navigate between Excel worksheets and graphs, and control data slicers from the palm of your hand. And you can scroll through a Word document or quickly jump to specific sections or comments."