Peeps rocking Google-powered tablets have watched on with green eyes, but there’s good news today as free Microsoft Office for Android tablets is finally a thing. Yes!
The free Microsoft Office for Android tablets offering works in much the same way as free Microsoft Office for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Specifically, that means you can view, edit and create files, though an Office 365 subscription is required to unlock the full Microsoft Office experience.
Similarly, free Microsoft Office for Android tablets comes in three individual packages, like this:
- Free Microsoft Word for Android tablets (115MB)
- Free Microsoft Excel for Android tablets (125MB)
- Free Microsoft PowerPoint for Android tablets (127MB)
The Google Play listings explain that free Microsoft Office for Android tablets is compatible with 10.1in displays or smaller, with KitKat Android 4.4 (or above), at least 1GB of RAM and an ARM-based processor being prerequisites.
Disappointingly, if your device has a display larger than 10.1in, you won’t be able to take advantage of free Microsoft Office for Android tablets; an Office 365 subscription is required to create or edit documents. Ouch.
While in preview mode, Microsoft Office for Android tablets was tested across 3,000 variants of 500 unique Android devices. Support for Intel processors will arrive later this year.
Microsoft proudly announces that the free Microsoft Office for Apple apps have been downloaded a whopping 80 million times.
Meanwhile, Windows 10 will introduce a touch-friendly version of Microsoft Office for Windows Phones and Windows tablets, later in 2015.