Microsoft Unveils Office Apps for Apple, Android Devices

Redmond on Thursday took one more step toward bringing its productivity software suite to the masses. Microsoft rolled out new Office apps for the Apple iPhone and iPad, as well as a preview of Office apps that work on Android-powered mobile devices. With the new apps, customers can actually create and edit Office documents without Office 365 subscriptions.

The move comes after Microsoft announced Office for iPad in March. That app has been downloaded over 40 million times since then, encouraging Microsoft to release native apps for OneNote, Lync, Yammer, OneDrive for Business and OWA (Outlook Web Access) for iOS and Android.

EUToday weEUre taking the next major step to bring Office to everyone, on every device . . .EU said John Case, Corporate Vice President for Office at Microsoft. EUWeEUre also delivering Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone and updates for the iPad apps . . . Our vision of Office everywhere wouldnEUt be complete without Windows, so IEUm pleased to confirm that new, touch-optimized Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works and weEUll have more to share soon.EU

What Do the Apps Do?

What can you really do with these apps? Microsoft is promising the ability to tap into the same experience to which people with Office for iPad are accustomed. Customers can download the new apps today.

A free version of the app lets you read Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. You can also do simple editing. Chase promised those docs would look just as good on the iPad as they do on a Mac or PC. Of course, Microsoft would prefer that you buy an Office 365 subscription and, in fact, you canEUt get the full Office experience without it.

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