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Published April 16, 2018

The Gemini PDA is a fantastic device for on the go work and productivity, but for those people who really do need to work on the go, how do you connect the device to the services you need to access?  IN this article I’ll show you how to connect to the most common of those, Microsoft’s online services.

Windows 10 and Cortana

If you use a PC at home or at work it can be useful to connect your Gemini to it.  There are several advantages to this chief among them being the ability to see alerts from your Gemini on your PC’s desktop.  This means it’s harder to miss an important call or SMS text message from a colleague or family member.

Don’t do it this way!

On the face of things it’s very simple and straightforward to connect your Windows 10 PCs to your Gemini.  In Windows 10 you can open the Settings app and click Phone and then Add a phone.  You will be prompted to enter the mobile phone number of the device you want to connect.

An SMS text message will be sent to the phone prompting you to install the Microsoft Launcher from the Google Play Store.  Once this is installed you can set up the Microsoft Launcher but DO NOT MAKE IT THE DEFAULT LAUNCHER ON YOUR GEMINI.  This is because the Microsoft Launcher does not support landscape screen orientations and won’t display anything properly.  If you do accidentally set the Microsoft Launcher as the default, don’t worry as you will be asked to confirm which launcher you want, and you can choose your existing or default launcher instead.

Do it this way instead!

In order to get the very best from the Gemini then you instead need the Cortana app which you can download from the Google Play Store.  Once Cortana is installed you can open its Settings to correctly configure features such as Microsoft’s Cloud Clipboard, cross device notifications, and more including the ability to continue working on the same documents on one device, and in the same place as you left them, on another device.

Office 365

If you use Office 365 at home or at work then you will already have spotted the quick download links to Microsoft’s Office apps on the Gemini App Bar.  With Office installed you will be prompted to sign into an Office 365 account.

You can actually sign into several Office 365, Microsoft 365, or Azure AD accounts in the Office apps, and you do this by clicking your profile picture in the top right of the screen when the app is running, to display the apps and settings page.  Here you can add [an] account and connect to other services such as OneDrive or OneDrive for Business.

You cannot create new Office documents using Microsoft’s Office 365 apps without being signed into a valid Office 365 Personal, Home, Business, Microsoft 365, or an Azure AD account.

Azure AD

It’s just as straightforward to connect your Gemini to your workplace and Azure Active Directory.  In the Gemini Settings, open Accounts and then scroll down until you see Add an account.  At the next page scroll downwards again and click Work account.  This will allow you to sign into your Azure AD or other Microsoft workplace account on the Gemini itself.

Once connected using the Workplace Join feature you will have access to any workplace resources you need, and you will be prompted if you will need to download any additional apps, or install additional services.

So it’s very easy and simple to connect your Gemini to Microsoft services for both home and work, and a wide variety of Microsoft apps exist in the Play Store I encourage you to search for.  These include OneDrive, Remote Desktop and a dedicated Azure cloud services app.

2 Comments

  1. m0ntala m0ntala

    Thanks Mike… Yet another useful article which I will be filing in a safe place until my Gemini finally arrives later this month… I hope! 🙂

  2. Peter Peter

    Oh no…. the Cortana app is not available in my play store. 🙁
    I hate this regional thing.

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