Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) apps now available for Android smartphones via Google Play

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) apps now available for Android smartphones via Google Play
About a month after launching previews of its Office apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) for Android smartphones, Microsoft today announced the general availability of the apps via Google Play. Previously, Word, Excel and PowerPoint were available only to Android tablets, but now everyone with a smartphone running Android 4.4 or later can download and use them.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android are all free to download (see the source links at the end of this article), and come with in-app purchases - for those who need more advanced Microsoft Office features on their smartphone.

Microsoft says that, during the preview period of Office for Android phones, the apps were installed on "1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries". Following user feedback, the apps have been improved and adjusted before today's launch for the general public.

You can check out Office for Android smartphones in the promo video embedded below. Will you be using these apps on your Android handset(s)?



sources: Google Play (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Office Blog

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21 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

OMG awesome!

2. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Excited to test out how they perform compared to those on WP.

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Great! But I prefer not to use them on my phone. Would be great for tablets.

4. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

And Windows Phone 8.1 is the only platform to not have it! And Windows Mobile itself is the slowest one to get the new Office! Even BB users may be able to sideload it! :(

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Actually they are available as universal apps on Windows 10...

7. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Yeah! But that's for preview ones! Final ones for W10 is still a long way, where as both iOS and Android have Final version!

8. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well besides the fact that there is already decent office apps functioning on windowsphone 8.1 which have been there for 4 years but haven't been there for other platforms it would be pretty stupid to develop for windows 8.1 only to redevelop it into a universal app 3 month later!

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.......are you saying there aren't decent Office-like apps for Android/iOS ? Polaris, OfficeSuit and Kingsoft are laughing at you. Nonetheless its not the point. Even if they did release for WP 8.1 they don't need to 'redevelop' those apps again for Windows 10. If that was the case WP8.1 would be a dead platform just like WP7 as it has not future. Apps can easily be transferred to Windows 10 that's MS's job.

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

no I'm saying there haven't been official office apps on those platforms! second of all existing apps don't have to be redeveloped but if you wanna turn your existing app to a universal app you do. So why would ms invest in development time on money for 8.1 when everysingle 8.1 device is getting 10 ???????

20. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1157; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LMAO! Rubbish, 4years ago WP was in its infancy (a stage it doesn't seem to want to leajue), the office apps on it were 'okay'. Android and iOS had a plethora of advanced apps, from Polaris, QuickOffice, Office Suite etc... Office apps have been brilliant in iOS and Android since mid 2010, MS were behind.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Have been creating, editing office docs, excel, and powerpoint for like 5yrs now on my device. Why would they push an 8.1 app out the door when they are making sure their 10 universal app is ready to go come new OS launch?

5. Tizo101

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

There are so many document editors on android, it just makes this app pointless and too late. They should've moved with the times.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not always, I have to deal with clients many times a week, complain their 'one and only' copy of their office document got corrupted or is not the same in Polaris. If google docs cannot render my 5yr old powerpoint properly that my win8.1 phone renders perfectly....then no, by all means NO. It is not pointless.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What you are saying is not the full picture. I have been using Windows Office 2013 and Mac Office 2011 for years. Even between them there are incompatibility issue. I just learn to adapt and work around it. Most simple document and powerpoint are ok just don't use the complex animation, timing and sequencing and save between Mac and Windows, I would be fine. Same with Office 365. When I start using Google Office Suite, I also face with the same problem no more no less. Stick to the basic and everything would be fine.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not about sticking to the basics. It is about a last minute change that can be a hassle on compatibility. Encountered this last week actually. 45 page powerpoint, a few things changed, 5 slides and a couple of names. The presenter who was going to do so via Samsung tablet didn't have office and was going to use Polaris with screen sharing. When he pulled it up, the objects were not aligned, some things like data and pie charts didn't show at all (I have encountered this many times). We were in a conference room that did not have a computer it was simply a projector with a wireless connection or hdmi. No one was told to bring their laptops, as it was just supposed to be a presentation. When he saw the problem he was literally ready to put the meeting on hold (technically a 2,000 dollar mistake for the people in the room and the time they are being paid to do nothing) and use a room that had a pc, so they could fire up the works office 2013 and display it. Instead, I pulled out my 1520, grabbed the file from cloud storage, and wirelessly projected my screen. Boom. It works. Sure this is not a hugely common occurrence. It is an example though of what happened. And example that when I deal with some of my weekend customers not tied into my actual daily job, deal with when moving a file they created at home and then at work etc. Some have opted the full google route - which I have setup for them. Others opt for the office route - in which I have setup as well. Point in case....not pointless at all and helps me a ton on my weekend activities for some customers.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My point is would he fair better with Microsoft Office on Android or Windows Phone? The only way to ensure that the presentation is smooth is that he present the slides on the device that create the slides in the first place. You can't create a complex slide on a Windows PC Office 2013 and make your presentation on a Macbook Office 2011 either. The only safe bet is to present it on the device that the slide was created. My problem with you is that you always present partial truth to make only your favorite Microsoft looks good but that not reality. This is reality ->http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/mac​office2011-macword/compatibility-mac-vs-windows/22​5fb2f2-b5a1-4970-b8d8-f21cf2d04fea

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This incompatible issue if you think about it is cause by industry using a proprietary file format guarded by who knows how many software patents. Therefore, there a need to keep the file structure a secret and access to the codes restricted. True cross compatibility could only be achieved if the world adopt an open standard. Open competition on open standard with drive technology in a more rapid pace and would also bring cost down. That will benefit humanity on the whole.

17. Elfmonster unregistered

I begged for this two years ago. But then I found Evernote. And this week I just gave up Evernote for Google Docs, which is finally worthy. I still hope Word works out for MS. But they made me give them hundreds of dollars every few years just to word process. So I'm out.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I still say its a bad idea to have something that can be exclusive on a competitors platform....if you care about your plotform's marketshare. But...in the end...money talks.... I understand why MS is doing it. Maybe do like Google did and have the Android version not as good as the Win Mo one. (IIRC Google Maps was kinda crippled on iOS. And do we refer to MS mobile phones as Win Mo again?)

21. anup807

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Microsoft Office Mobile app was present in the play store for quite a while and it could pretty much everything (creating & editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations) . what new have they done by separating the basic apps from the parent app??

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