Office for Android is here

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24 June 2015 | 0

Microsoft has announced that Office for Android is finally here with the general availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the Android OS, joining Outlook and OneNote which were made available previously.

The downloads are free but large, with Word for Android 5 coming in at a hefty 104MB.

These releases complete the Office experience for Android users, said Kirk Koenigsbauer in a blog post.

Koenigsbauer said that during the test period, some 1,900 Android phones in 83 countries contributed to the programme, directly influencing the end products.

“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,” said Koenigsbauer.

Going on to detail some of the key features, Koenigsbauer emphasised the need to be review and edit on the go, as well as present from an Android smart phone. There are also supports for cloud storage apps such as OneDrive, Drop Box, Google Drive and Box.

The blog also said that through partner relationships, the likes of Sony, Samsung, SonyLG and other devices will come preloaded with the apps later this year.

“You can download the Word for Android, Excel for Android and PowerPoint for Android apps from the Google Play store beginning today. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we enjoyed making them,” said Koenigsbauer


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