It was only last year that Microsoft had announced, “…a preview of Office apps for Android tablets,” and they have delivered on that promise by officially launching the new Microsoft Office for Android devices.
Most of us use Microsoft Office in our daily lives for creating and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations; now you can do it from your Android phones or tablets on-the-go. Microsoft for Android includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint with features customized for the platform which allows users to
- review and edit files
- read and add comments
- wirelessly present slides directly from the phone with full transitions, animations and design features like highlighting
- find and access documents stored on OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box or other third-party cloud storage providers
Announcing the launch in a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team at Microsoft wrote, “Five weeks ago, we announced the Office for Android phone preview. We are so grateful to our preview users, and with their help we were able to test the apps on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries. During the preview, we heard from thousands of these users, and over the last few weeks we were able to incorporate a lot of their feedback into the apps we’re launching today. For example, we made it easier to connect to other popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box, as well as many usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps.”
The new Microsoft Office apps will replace the earlier Office Mobile on phones with 1GB RAM and Android KitKat and above. No support has been announced for Android M. Users with existing Microsoft accounts can expect to use the apps for free but certain extra features (aimed at enterprise or professional users) require an Office 365 subscription.
The apps will come pre-installed more than 30 OEM (original equipment manufacturer) devices such as Samsung, Sony, LG etc or may be downloaded from the Google PlayStore.