What a time to be alive! Microsoft Office is now openly available for Android tablets

What a time to be alive! Microsoft Office is now openly available for Android tablets

Back in November, Microsoft decided that it was high time it made the all-new version of its Office suite available for Android tablets as a closed preview. Fortunately for all those Android fans, the previews of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now openly-available for free on your tablet of choice, bringing Android on par with iOS in terms of availability.

As a refresher, the Microsoft Office productivity apps have been around on Android smartphones, yet their launch was marred by Microsoft's requirement for an Office 365 subscription, which eventually put off the users. Certainly, the nitty-gritty of Microsoft Office ensures that the suite will be times more useful on a large tablet screen. 

Unfortunately, many users are reporting different issues with the productivity suite - it seems that it won't work on Intel-powered slates, not to mention that Android 5.0 Lollipop optimization is yet to arrive. 

Download: Microsoft Word Preview, Microsoft Excel Preview, Microsoft PowerPoint Preview (Android)


via: Microsoft via Android Central

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18 Comments

1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Wish Google would do the same, Office is a pretty popular app, MS keeps placing its app on Android while Google keeps holding back its app from WP. Microsoft is becoming more open its a approach to the competition and Google is becoming more closed in its approach at least attitude wise.

2. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Google is wanting to be more like Apple.. MS all the way.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

When your platform has less than 5% marketshare, you do that. When you become the dominant player, you stop doing that. Case in point, MS Office was originally on the mac and later Windows. Guess what happened to Office for the Mac when Win95 became the dominant OS? Microsoft has used every opportunity to stop Google via the courts and via paid shills and fronts like "Fairsearch". They've also did their scroogled campaign. So I wouldn't either support a competitor who has been trying to screw me over either - its MS own damn fault.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What did happen to Office for Mac? I have the 2011 version on my Mac at home and I'm waiting for the next version coming out this year. I haven't even checked lately so it may already be out. Windows Phone might have a small market share but Office is the global standard for document processing. Don't forget that Microsoft is a software company first and foremost. To not have Office available on every device in the world is short-changing the stockholders.

7. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

They released an updated version of Outlook a few weeks ago, still works like crap. The rest of the Mac suite is supposed to arrive "sometime this year".

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Go and read what it took for Apple to convince MS to update Office for macs in the late 90s. It was part of a settlement to a lawsuit of all the crap MS did to Apple.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6901; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

WP doesn't even have 3% of the global market share. Microsoft's applications only worked on Microsoft platforms for the longest time. But that wasn't the worst part. Microsoft charged a lot for everything. From phone support to each any every OS no matter which one. In the day Microsoft charged $50 for each Windows CE or Windows Mobile device. Each new computer you had to buy a license from Microsoft even if you were going to install a different OS. Office was a ridiculous price. Then when other companies started making office products free and over time got much better. Nowadays the open office products can keep up to Microsoft's office, and come at a price of FREE. The other thing is the vast majority of tablets and phones are running Android and iOS, and not Windows or WP. Therefore Microsoft has to offer their products on other platforms.

16. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Heh, I was being generous :) That should tell everyone here how far MS has come when they used to sell office for $300-$500 (OEM to Retail or even more!)to giving it away for free on Win8 tablets. They aren't being generous because MS is so touchy feeling great; it's because they lost their grip on the home market and Android and IOS now rule the world. Good riddance! Even Win8 is such a pig.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Really a platform less than 5% you wont support, you look at martketshare Apple has 12.7% and gets supported, WP has 50 million plus users just about every major app supports Windows Phone look at the top 10 most used apps they are all there except for Googles platform. Additionally Google Search piggy backed on Windows OS until it became dominant on mobile. If everyone said until the small product gets big i will show it no love, that is the opposite of Googles motto of "Do no evil". Can you show us the foll: 1. Microsoft pulled of from Mac when Windows 95 became dominant?. 2. Can you show us that it was because Microsoft wanted destroy Mac , pretty much like how Google wants to destroy Windows Phone. Microsoft does not want to stop Google, why did you even make that statement, my initial comment did not say anything about MS stopping Google, that statement is out of context. Fairsearch is not about stopping Google Fairsearch is about promoting more competition, those are two different things fairsearch is about promoting economic growth, innovation and choice across the Internet ecosystem by fostering and defending competition in online and mobile search. Companies like Trip advisor, Hotwire, Expedia, Oracle are amongst a group of over 10 companies who feels based on growing evidence that Google is abusing its search monopoly to thwart competition. Anyone who calls for that is a Troll come on. Even the EU pondered breaking up Google. http://www.fairsearch.org/ Scroogled called out Google about unsavory practices, if you looked at Scroogled much of what MS was stating was already reported by New papers such as New York Times etc. oogle had nothing to hide they could have easily sue Microsoft or at least called out MS and those publications, they didn't. MS was given greenlight to advertised why were they if it was a lie ask yourself. http://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawoollacott/2014/03/27/microsoft-wins-battle-over-scroogled-ad-campaign/ Scroogle was about exposing Googles practices.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Really a platform less than 5% you wont support, you look at martketshare Apple has 12.7% and gets supported, WP has 50 million plus users just about every major app supports Windows Phone look at the top 10 most used apps they are all there except for Googles platform." Oh wow, 50 million users. Apple can sell that many devices in 3 months. "1. Microsoft pulled of from Mac when Windows 95 became dominant?" Office for Mac wasn't updated for years while the Windows version was. Look it up. "2. Can you show us that it was because Microsoft wanted destroy Mac , pretty much like how Google wants to destroy Windows Phone." Uh, we can show you via like 20 different things that MS did that they tried to destroy not only the Mac, but everyone else, like IBM to even Unix vendors. "Microsoft does not want to stop Google, why did you even make that statement, my initial comment did not say anything about MS stopping Google, that statement is out of context." Oh they don't huh? Patent trolling Google OEMs, Rockstar, Fairsearch and complaining to the EU doesn't count huh? If not, then I guess nothing will. "Fairsearch is not about stopping Google Fairsearch is about promoting more competition, those are two different things fairsearch is about promoting economic growth, innovation and choice across the Internet ecosystem by fostering and defending competition in online and mobile search. Companies like Trip advisor, Hotwire, Expedia, Oracle are amongst a group of over 10 companies who feels based on growing evidence that Google is abusing its search monopoly to thwart competition. Anyone who calls for that is a Troll come on. Even the EU pondered breaking up Google." Wow, you really are retarded and can't see through them huh? Tell me, what does Oracle, a maker of a database software have to do with search or Google? Or, why did they just join them a few years ago? "Scroogled called out Google about unsavory practices, if you looked at Scroogled much of what MS was stating was already reported by New papers such as New York Times etc. oogle had nothing to hide they could have easily sue Microsoft or at least called out MS and those publications, they didn't. MS was given greenlight to advertised why were they if it was a lie ask yourself." FYI, Microsoft did the same thing with Hotmail. In fact, they still do. I'll let you figure it out, because MS is very very clever in how they weasel word it. Btw, if you read the article, you would have read this: "The Scroogled campaign has been unpopular from the outset – particularly in the UK, where ads criticizing rival products are rare. When the campaign first launched in late 2012, the Scroogled Facebook page was inundated with critical messages – only one of the first 50 was supportive. The ads are aggressive, with highly-emotive language; for example Google’s activity is referred to as ‘reading’ emails, whereas Microsoft’s is merely ‘scanning’." It's called bull sht.

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

A platform with 50 million plus users where top 10 most popular apps and tons of popular apps exists a platform where an independent developer can make a function app yet one of the most successful companies on the planet cant its a shame, Google should be ashamed. Even if they were mad at MS depriving 50 million consumers of widely used apps is shameful to say the least. Telling me you can show me 20 different things that MS did still does not show the evidence of: . "1. Microsoft pulled of from Mac when Windows 95 became dominant?" 2. Can you show us that it was because Microsoft wanted destroy Mac , pretty much like how Google wants to destroy Windows Phone?. Are you gonna back up what you stated with evidence or you're just gonna keep avoiding doing so?. All Androids OEMs knew what they were getting into, all companies protect their patents, doesn't Samsung, Google and countless other OEMs have patents?. Are you saying that they don't or wont impose them where necessary?. , give me a break. Members of Rockstar consortium are Apple, Inc., BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. Rockstar is a patent holding NPE and submitted the winning US$4.5 billion bid for the Nortel patents. Sony is an Android OEM, yet they are part of Rockstar business is business at the end of the day, everybody has shareholders patents brings in revenue. I am certainly not am not blind or less advanced in mental, physical, or social development. Obviously if Oracle is a part of the group it has its reasons go ask Larry Ellison , all 12 will spend millions suing Google for no reason at all. What does MS do with Hotmail, explain it, you do that a lot make accusation without explanations. I read the article you simply don't get it do you, you look at the reception when you are supposed to look at whether what MS said was correct or not that is the issue, not how it was received. Some criticized MS in the U.S as well for the scroogle campaign, the point is whether you agree or disagree with MS they were not lying hence that's why it was allowed to go forward, look at the bigger picture.

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"A platform with 50 million plus users where top 10 most popular apps and tons of popular apps exists a platform where an independent developer can make a function app yet one of the most successful companies on the planet cant its a shame, Google should be ashamed. Even if they were mad at MS depriving 50 million consumers of widely used apps is shameful to say the least." Won't, not can't, won't because they don't need to. Tough sht for you wp users. Now you know how it feels when MS did it for over a decade. "Telling me you can show me 20 different things that MS did still does not show the evidence of: . "1. Microsoft pulled of from Mac when Windows 95 became dominant?" 2. Can you show us that it was because Microsoft wanted destroy Mac , pretty much like how Google wants to destroy Windows Phone?. Are you gonna back up what you stated with evidence or you're just gonna keep avoiding doing so?. " You were born in the last few years weren't you? I'm not going to do the work for you, since it is common knowledge. You could start by reading up on apple's lawsuit against MS, BOTH of them. Or you can research where NTFS came from and work from there. "All Androids OEMs knew what they were getting into, all companies protect their patents, doesn't Samsung, Google and countless other OEMs have patents?. " And yet, MS doesn't go after Linux distros infringing on the same patents. Wonder why.... "Are you saying that they don't or wont impose them where necessary?. , give me a break. Members of Rockstar consortium are Apple, Inc., BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. Rockstar is a patent holding NPE and submitted the winning US$4.5 billion bid for the Nortel patents. Sony is an Android OEM, yet they are part of Rockstar business is business at the end of the day, everybody has shareholders patents brings in revenue." The two main owners are apple and MS. The others are there just for the ride. The documents prove as much. "I am certainly not am not blind or less advanced in mental, physical, or social development. Obviously if Oracle is a part of the group it has its reasons go ask Larry Ellison , all 12 will spend millions suing Google for no reason at all. " And WHY? Put it all together there mr. "What does MS do with Hotmail, explain it, you do that a lot make accusation without explanations." Hotmail scanned your email for advertisements. "Some criticized MS in the U.S as well for the scroogle campaign, the point is whether you agree or disagree with MS they were not lying hence that's why it was allowed to go forward, look at the bigger picture." And my point is, again, for the third time, is MS is going to treat Google like sht, Google then is going to treat them like sht. It's very funny to see MS whine about it but too bad, they got what they deserved.

15. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And to continue, you still think it is OK for a company to hire a mud slinger who did this for politics? And you expect Google to still help them dig their own grave? That's some RDF you got there.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Microsoft is going to make mad cash supporting Android. Google will make less than they would if they put their resources somewhere else, that's the difference.

8. Tziggy14

Posts: 623; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

What cash from Android? Android users are far less likely to pay for things. lol. There's a very good reason why developers go iOS first before Android.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

We are talking about Android vs WP, not Android vs. IOS. It isn't as if Office is already free on Android anyhow, even if it is the basic version.

12. checkmymike

Posts: 217; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

The answer is simple. Google simply doesn't want to develop apps for an OS with only 3% of the market.

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Damn Google to hell Windows smartphone are only going to grow. Google can have a team of programmers make a decent Utube App or Google maps for Windows smart phones. these Stinky rivalry tactics make Google look bad. grow up Google !

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