Office Mobile and Android come together at long last

Office Mobile and Android come together at long lastFollowing its arrival for iPhone users last month, Microsoft has now released its Office Mobile productivity suite on Android.

That's right – the world's best known office software is finally available on the world's leading mobile platform.

Microsoft says Office Mobile is now available immediately via Google Play for Android users, and appears to be much the same as the iOS offering, giving you a limited feature set from the full desktop versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Unfortunately, as with the iOS version Office Mobile on Android is for smartphones only, with no version optimised for tablet. Microsoft suggests tablets users should use Office Web Apps instead.

You also require an Office 365 subscription, which costs either £8 a month or £80 per year. In other words, if you're signing up just to use Office Mobile on Android... well, you're an idiot quite frankly.

If not, though, Office Mobile has proved a well-liked office suite on Windows Phone and (though it's early days) iOS, and should prove equally so on Android.

You'll need to be running Android 4.0 or newer to run it, but even with the vagaries of Android fragmentation that shouldn't leave too many out in the cold these days.

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satchef1  Jul. 31, 2013 at 22:56

£80/year nets you access to Office 365, Office Mobile on iOS/Android, a year of Xbox Live Gold, 60 Skype World minutes per month and 20GB of extra Skydrive space.

Not too shabby really. Wouldn't mind trying the Android apps for free for a month though.

EDIT: Not in the UK marketplace yet. Typical. Still, if it's there come payday I might take the plunge.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 1, 2013 at 09:20

Sounds a good deal, unless you already have Microsoft products at work.
Then, it's only $9.99 each for Windows and Office for a lifetime.


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