Microsoft Office gets new iPhone app and Android preview, mobile now free to use

Microsoft Office gets new iPhone app and Android preview, mobile now free to use
The last few days have been pretty big for fans of Microsoft Office. A couple days ago, Microsoft announced a new partnership that would bring deeper integration with Dropbox for Office users, and that Office 365 subscribers would get unlimited cloud storage. Now, it's time for good news for mobile users with a brand new iPhone app and Office finally coming to Android.

Today, Microsoft announced a completely rebuilt iPhone version of Office which will be much more similar to the iPad version, which is to say that it will actually be useful. Microsoft essentially replaced the iPhone version with a universal version of the iPad app, which is definitely a good thing, and there are even a few small tweaks for the new larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

Microsoft has also opened up signups for users who want to test the preview version of Office for Android tablets. The Android tablet version appears to be exactly the same as the iPad version in terms of features, and looks almost identical as well. Signups are starting now, and Microsoft will start pushing out the preview in December. The goal is to make sure it works well on the various hardware options in the Android ecosystem. Interestingly, when we were signing up, the only Google tablets listed were the Nexus 7 and 10, no Nexus 9. A touch version of Office for Windows 10 is planned for next year. 

Of course, the best news for anyone looking to use Office on mobile is that Microsoft is making the software free for those who want to view and edit documents. There will be some premium features for paid users, like chart element customization and track changes, and cloud storage on OneDrive for business or Dropbox for business will require an Office 365 subscription. This is a big change for Microsoft, but necessary given that iWork is free for iOS users, and Google Drive is free for Android and iOS. 

source: The Verge 1 & 2



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

At least Microsoft has realized that the ship has sailed, that there is no bright future for WP. If Microsoft wants there to be a future for Office, it has to run and run well on Android and iOS.

2. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

its just charity to ios and android user. for office to survive they need enterprise market with windows/osx and not childish os

9. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

You are delusional. Not much more to say. Bye.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its bright enough that Google felt the need to imitate it, have you seen Android L and Google in general, just saw Android maps wtf it looks like WP UI especially on the white background. Blatant copying, I wont even be surprised if they at one point gets sued by MS. Its easy to copy especially when you have already dominated the market its harder to create something original. I've been rocking a WP amongst other devices. I know an imitation when I see it.

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Good going MS, dont be like Google, selfish.

5. diehardnokian

Posts: 148; Member since: Apr 27, 2014 official google apps YET for wp:(

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Good going MS, dont be like Google, selfish." Because every evil company should support every other evil company.

10. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Its all about money. There is no money to be made on windows, but there is money to be made on android. Doesn't help either that Microsoft kept throwing money on campaigns to trash google.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Screenshots from the Play Store lol.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

I like Microsoft's approach on making their apps platform agnostic. It not only gives users of other platforms the chance to check out what Microsoft has to offer, but it also is a possible stream of revenue for Microsoft.

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It is, partly on news if this today Microsoft shares continued to go higher, it closed around the mark not seen since the dot com bubble and its its market cap eclipsed $400 billion surpassing Google recently. Google should show support it will help its share price maybe then investors would be less annoyed.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22264; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. I think all platforms should have a similar approach for all.

13. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

That MS Word app looks impressive considering its a mobile version! FINALLY almost real Office experience on a mobile OS... lol

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