For Android phone users, the Office suite of products has been in a beta mode for sometime. Microsoft has been slowly working on the apps, and soliciting feedback on the apps for bug squashes and bug fixes. On Wednesday, final versions of these apps were released for Android phone users.
Microsoft announced versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android Phone users, running version 4.4 and above. The apps are free and allow users most functionality of the apps on their phones. Advanced features do require an Office 365 subscription, but most business users will already have that done.
Tested To Work
In their blog post, Microsoft announced that they tested the Android suite of Office products on over 1,900 Android phone models in 83 different countries. Since so many phones have different configurations, making sure it works on all of them was important. It works now on all these phone combinations.
Initially Microsoft offered the Office Mobile app for Android tablet and phone users, but wanted to split up the apps on their own. Microsoft found that users were more familiar with apps on their own versus a suite of products, and if a user only wanted Word on their phone, they could install just that option.
Features Of Android Based Office Apps
With this, Microsoft is bringing familar and constistent experiences of Office to users. They also allow users to read, review, and make edits on their phones from virtually anywhere. This means that users in a coffee shop, in class, or in meetings can make quick edits and send the documents onto colleagues and friends.
Additionally, Microsoft is making the documents accessible anywhere. They worked with Google Drive, OneDrive for Business, Box, Dropbox, and SharePoint all available at launch. Lastly, sharing ideas, insights, tracking changes, and sharing files have been updated to work perfectly with these finely updated apps.
I’ve download them all and they work perfectly. It’s not perfect typing on the phone, but it makes it simple to edit and send out changes when needed.