Microsoft Office Mobile goes free for Android smartphones

Amidst all the excitement of Microsoft Office coming to the iPad, someone forgot to relay in big, bold letters that Microsoft Office Mobile for Android went completely free (for home use) today! Previously, the suite was a $10 a month subscription offering.



There is a catch, though - it only runs on smartphones. If the app detects you are working on a tablet, it will refuse to install. That's unfortunate, because even 5 to 5.5-inch smartphone displays still feel somewhat small for comfortable document editing. But we assume owners of the Xperia Z Ultra and similar tablet-phones will be pretty happy with Office Mobile.



MS's mobile Office suite is integrated with OneDrive and SharePoint, supports editing of documents from e-mail attachments, and is designed to look as good as possible on small screens. A particularly nifty feature is Resume Reading - When opening a Word document from OneDrive or OneDrive for Business on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet. It's little gems like this that make Office work more comfortable than ever.



You can find Office Mobile in the link below.



Download Office Mobile (free): Android



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24 Comments

1. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I'll stick with Quick Office.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow! Great...

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It's quite nice but there are still several things missing from the desktop version (as on iOS, WP and RT/Metro) such as no equations and can't open or edit PDFs Also you don't have to use OneDrive 1. Open it from a file explorer 2. Or open from Dropbox app (should work with other cloud backup apps as well) (might not work if your default is set to OpenOffice/another app, in that case just set MS Office as your default)

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Edit: Its sad that you can only save to OneDrive, not everyone has internet all the time

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It will save to the device then upload when you get net

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

There are times when having lots of choice (which in this case is office apps) can be overwhelming

5. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Shows as not compatible with Xperia Z Ultra.

11. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Really? I guess Microsoft pulls no punches.

15. Ikechukwu

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

I Just downloaded the apk file. IT WORKS!!!!

7. papss unregistered

Done.. I'll be downloading this when my new one comes in. Quick office who?

10. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Quick office is not bad, but the best alternative so far has been Kingsoft Office. It has by far the most features

8. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Hancom office is great replacement on tablet even a phone...although it is bind to Note Pro 12,2 only, some of us know hot to run it on other devices - hopefully Hancom will release offcially for other non-Samsung devices as well.

9. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"There is a catch, though - it only runs on smartphones. If the app detects you are working on a tablet, it will refuse to install" Not if you happen to have a PadFone... Install in phone mode, and use in both phone and tablet.

12. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

And we have a winner! :D

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Is this like a peace offering from MS? Nice...

14. papss unregistered

Its a good move.. Are you complaining or being genuine?

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I thought me saying...Nice....woulda been enough... ;-)

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Quick office growth just hit a road block with MS making this move.

17. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I went to this Play Store link on my Sony Xperia Z Ultra running 4.4.2 and it says your device isn't compatible with this version. What's up with that?

18. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Documentstogo has been my go to for Office apps on Android.

21. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

I downloaded to my Galaxy S4 and started to use it after signing in with my OneDrive ID and password. When I was through and wanted to sign off, I could not find a way to sign off. Going into SETTINGS, I found there was no SIGN OFF like there is in OneDrive. I tried just backing out, but found my ID and password did not close. I could click on the icon to reload the app and found there was open access to my files........and anybody who found my phone would have access to them as well. Does anybody know how to sign-out of this app so that access to your files is closed?? As for now, I just uninstalled the app.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

While this is good for us, Microsoft stinks at maintaining its app - just look at Halo Waypoint or the XBOX Smartglass apps...

23. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Not compatible with my galaxy mega 6.3 :(. It is classed as a phone. It runs phone apps by default except for ms office :(

24. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

If you want this to work on a tablet, get a PadFone. Portrait mode only though.

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