Microsoft has announced the general availability of three new Office apps for the Android based smart phone, signalling its final step in completing the Office experience on Android devices.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint have arrived in the Google Play app store for the Android smart phone., following on the heals of the Outlook, OneNote and OneDrive apps already available.
"The apps offer the same great touch-optimised Office experience currently available on Android tablets, but with a user interface (UI) thoughtfully redesigned for a smaller screen," Microsoft said in a press release.
"Just like Office for iOS and Android tablet, the core viewing, creating and editing experience is available for free. With an Office 365 subscription, users will be able to access subscription-only benefits such as more robust editing and authoring features; 1TB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype unlimited worldwide calling per month."
Key features of Office apps for Android phones include:
Familiar and consistent Office experience: The Office apps combine the familiar look, feel and quality of Office with a touch-friendly experience designed for Android phones. Documents open and render beautifully, with all formatting and content in the right place. In addition, familiar navigation and menu options in the ribbon are placed at the bottom of the screen within reach of your thumbs so you can easily review and edit documents on your Android phone.
Do great work – anywhere, anytime: With these new apps, you can be productive anywhere. Read, review, and make edits on-the-go. Turn numbers into insights with easy insertion of charts, text and tables in Excel. Tell your story on-the-go with PowerPoint – review, make quick edits and even present right from your phone. Reflow documents in Word to make them easier to read and navigate.
Access your documents quickly: Create, open, edit and save files in the cloud from your Android phone so you can access them anywhere and anytime you need them. OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and SharePoint are all available to you.
Work together: Share ideas, insights, presentations with others right from your phone. It's easy to track changes, comment and mark-up docs so everybody knows the thinking behind the edits. Share your documents with others by simply emailing a hyperlink or attachment.
Check it out at play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officehub