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This week the popular presentation sharing site SlideShare launched a mobile Webapp. Which is something I'm really excited about. If you're ever clicked a link in Twitter or an email using your mobile browser or iPad and found yourself on Slideshare's old non-mobile friendly Flash based site I think you will welcome the change too.
According to SlidesShare the new mobile site supports the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The images above show it running on an HTC Magic phone running Android 2.2. Even on that old and underpowered device, SlideShare worked well and switching between slides was almost instantaneous.
There is one downside to using an unsupported browser. If you go to Slideshare.net with anything but an Android or iOS browser you will get the desktop version of the site. If that happens you can use the URL slideshare.net/mobile/ to see the mobile version. Also, most older presentations on SlideShare aren't available in mobile format yet but all new ones should be.
SlideShare, the site where you can share and view PowerPoint and other presentations online in a web based viewer now has a mobile version at m.slideshare.com
It works pretty well as long as you have the right mobile browser. You can search for presentations, view the slides and if you log on, save them online or download them to your phone.
I'm a big fan of Opera Mini and use it all the time. But the problem with requiring Mini or Go is that a lot of phones on North American operators can't use them. Verizon and US Cellular feature phones don't support Java apps like Opera Mini and Yahoo Go and T-Mobile USA blocks third party apps from connecting to the web. Yet many phones on these networks have Netfront, Teleca, Opera Mobile or Nokia browsers that I'm almost positive could display Slideshare Mobile. It's great to recommend Opera Mini and Go but Slideshare needs to add a "Try to use Slideshare with your current browser..." link. With even more browser diversity than the full web, the mobile web web has an even greater need to be browser independent. I guess we need a Viewable With Any Mobile Browser campaign.
It looks like SlideShare mobile is built with the Yahoo Blueprint platform. I don't know if it's SlideShare or Yahoo that's enforcing the supported browsers only nonesense but it's really pretty stupid, especially for a site that's in Beta. The purpose of a Beta used to be to test in real world conditions with real users and as many environments as possible to find what doesn't work and fix it. Lately Beta seems to have become marketing speak for "New and cutting edge" rather than an actual testing phase. Still, Beta or not, requiring the use of a specific mobile browser is as bad as all those sites a few years ago that would only let you in if you were using Internet Explorer! Source: Oh! Mobile Directory
Ratings: Content Usability
Ready.mobi Score: 4 "Good" but Ready is testing the "unsupported browser" page!
Mobile Link: m.slideshare.com