I am a big believer that the browsing experience must be seamless before real world users will fully embrace PowerPivot when mobile.
The Standard SharePoint iPad Experience
One of my biggest issues up until now has been the inability to save your SharePoint UserName and Password on the iPad. When you browse to your SharePoint site, you get this. You have to enter your user name and password from scratch every time.
This has been a deal breaker for me as it is very annoying for the user. I raised this issue with my friends over at PortalFront and they found a great solution that solves this problem.
PortalFront suggested that I use Atomic Browser. I went ahead and downloaded both the free version and the paid version from the App Store to my iPad and did some testing – it works great.
The lite version is great to get started, but I like the full version more. The 2 main benefits of the paid version vs the lite version (for PowerPivot workbook usage anyway) are
- There is a passcode that you can set to open the browser – protecting your UserName and password that is saved in the Browser.
- You can set it to automatically jump to full screen mode – making for an even better user experience.
In addition you are supporting the developers of good software when you purchase the paid version.
The Atomic Browser SharePoint iPad Experience
As soon as you launch either version of Atomic and go to your PowerPivot Workbook page, you get the Atomic Authentication screen – and you CAN save your SharePoint UserName and Password on this screen
Just click on “submit” and it launches the Workbook on the screen. If you have the paid version, it will automatically switch to full screen mode, so you get this.
No Browser Bar, no Tabs – nothing but full screen PowerPivot Workbook browsing – sweeeeet.
You an read the full details of PortalFront’s recommendations on password saving here