Microsoft Office now available on Android phones

OWNERS of Android phones can now install Microsoft Office apps on their devices.

Five weeks after a beta launch, Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps are available for download from the Google Play store.

Although the apps are free for download, an Office 365 subscription is needed to unlock the 'premium' features. 


Corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team Kirk Koenigsbauer said Android users tested the apps on thousands of phone models and offered feedback that developers incorporated into the launch product.

"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," Mr Koenigsbauer said.

The apps require the phone to have version 4.4 of Android and up installed.

Mr Koenigsbauer shared some of his favourite aspects of the Office apps:

  • On the go reviews and edits-I often need to squeeze in quick reviews in between appointments during the day. I can review documents in full fidelity, read comments and then easily add my own.
  • Presenting from my phone-I love just bringing my phone to a meeting to present wirelessly.  PowerPoint for Android phone gives me the same transitions, animations and design that I would have from my desktop, and I can even use inking to highlight important points while presenting.
  • Quick access to my documents-I can quickly find the document I was working on in the office from my phone.  It even shows me where I was last working. Additionally, while I am a faithful OneDrive user, I can also access documents stored in Dropbox, Google Drive or Box with our support for third-party cloud storage providers.

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