Helio's Ocean is getting a free file viewer that can view Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF, plain text and html, as well as most major image formats. The Ocean is also gettting Mail for Exchange 1.2 support for calendar sync. Good to see Helio continue to evolve the handset. I hope most of this functionality is built into the next generation Ocean but I hope that it's built on something more robust and open *Android*cough than the Ocean 1's OS.

HELIO FILE VIEWER NOW AVAILABLE FOR OCEAN USERS

View Microsoft® Office, Adobe PDF, Plain Text Documents and Images

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 16, 2007 - The Ocean is giving Helio members greater freedom and doing its part to unchain people from their PCs with the launch of the Helio File Viewer. Ocean users can now view, save and share documents and images while on-the-go, making Ocean more versatile than ever. Along with new attachment viewing capabilities, Helio is also announcing Mail for Microsoft Exchange 1.2, an upgraded version of its application that allows users wirelessly synchronize email, calendar and contacts from their companies' Microsoft® Exchange Server.
"Ocean's unique dual-slide design and comprehensive messaging suite lets members communicate with friends, family and business associates in unique ways," said Darshan Patel, Director of Email Communications at Helio. "The addition of Helio File Viewer makes staying in touch easier and more effective for business users with the ability to view documents wherever members take their Oceans."
Business + Helio = Pleasure
Ocean makes it easier to mix business and pleasure with Helio File Viewer. Members can now view important documents sent via email or view documents saved to their device for review on-the-go. The Helio File Viewer, which is available at no additional cost, gives members access to Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® Excel, Microsoft® PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Plain Text and HTML documents as well as images (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, EMF) making it easier to be in-the-know.
In addition to being able sort files in various ways for quick retrieval, the File Viewer allows users to zoom, move and page up or down quickly once in a document. Members can also view documents in landscape or portrait mode on Ocean's large (2.4") QVGA screen as well as fit to width, fit to height and rotate for optimized viewing of a file. Helio's File Viewer leverages Picsel's advanced technology, to view files at higher quality resolutions and without time-consuming preprocessing and load times.

Cutting-Edge Integration + Innovation
Helio is also announcing Mail for Microsoft Exchange 1.2. The latest upgrade includes improvements with alerts, calendar functionality and synchronization performance. Mail for Microsoft® Exchange 1.2 also works in conjunction with the Helio File Viewer application to allow users to view, save and share documents and lets users wirelessly synchronize email, calendar and contacts from their companies' Microsoft® Exchange Server so they can use their devices to keep in touch with friends and family, as well as stay on top of business.
Ocean users can wirelessly download Mail for Microsoft® Exchange to their devices and after a brief set up, send and receive emails, manage and create calendar appointments and access corporate contact lists. Once downloaded, Mail for Microsoft® Exchange is easily accessible through Helio's Ultimate Inbox messaging home screen aside the full suite of Ocean's messaging capabilities.