After releasing their suite of Office apps for Android tablets back in January, Microsoft has announced that the Office for Android phones preview has been released. Microsoft seems keen on following up with its recent strategy of offering their apps on other mobile operating systems by expanding the Office program to Android phones.
Optimized for touch, the Office for Android phone apps are designed to allow users to work on the go.
Familiar and consistent Office experience—The Office apps combine the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with a touch-friendly experience designed for Android phones. Documents open and render beautifully, with all formatting and content in the right place. In addition, familiar navigation and menu options in the ribbon are placed at the bottom of the screen within reach of your thumbs so you can easily review and edit documents on your phone.
Do great work—anywhere, anytime—With these new apps, you can be productive anywhere. Read, review, and make edits on-the-go. Turn numbers into insights with easy insertion of charts, text and tables in Excel. Tell your story on-the-go with PowerPoint—review, make quick edits and even present right from your phone. Reflow documents in Word to make them easier to read and navigate.
Access your documents quickly—Create, open, edit and save files in the cloud from your Android phone so you can access them anywhere and anytime you need them. OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box and are all available to you.
Work together—Share ideas, insights and presentations with others right from your phone. It’s easy to track changes, comment and markup documents so everybody knows the thinking behind the edits. Share your documents with others by simply emailing a hyperlink or attachment.
While many Android users rely on Google Drive and document apps, the addition of official Microsoft Office apps might entice some to move over, especially if using their devices in a work environment. To test out the new versions of the apps, simply follow the steps below:
- Join the Office for Android community.
- Once you join the community, Become a tester by clicking the links to the Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Wait for Google Play to replicate permissions (this may take ~up to four hours), click the above mentioned links and then follow the download links to install apps using Google Play store.
If these apps are smooth and work well, will they entice you to use them on your Android device? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Microsoft Office