Microsoft Drops Office for Android Smartphones

Redmond rolled out Office for Android-powered tablets in January. Now, Microsoft is finally releasing Office apps for the Android phone.

That means if youEUre using a Samsung, LG, HTC or some other Android smartphone you can tap into the power of Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on the run. All you have to do is download them from the Google Play store.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team, said the rollout completes EUthe Office experience for the millions of Android users around the world.EU

Adding Third-Party Storage

The Office apps for Android should work well out of the gate. Microsoft offered an Office for Android preview five weeks ago and tested the apps on 1,900 models of Android phones in 83 nations. Microsoft listened to user feedback and incorporated it into the final release.

EUFor 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,EU said Koenigsbauer.

Last week, Box announced EUdeep integrationEU with Microsoft Office Online that will let users more easily open, edit and save Office documents. Box is already integrated with Office for iPad, iPhone and Outlook for iPhone and iPad applications.

What Can You Do?

So what exactly can you do with Office for Android on your smartphone? Clearly, itEUs not the same experience as on a PC but you can do plenty on the fly, especially with the phablet-size devices.

EUI often need to squeeze in quick reviews in between appointments during the day. I can review documents in full fidelity, read comments and then easily add my own,EU said Koenigsbauer. EUI love just bringing my phone to a meeting to present wirelessly. PowerPoint for Android phone gives me the same transitions,...

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