Microsoft who are working hard to strip revenue away from retailers in an effort to sell direct has officially launched the Office for Android phone suite, following a five-week preview period.
The software prompts consumers to upgrade directly to Office
From today, Android smartphone owners can download the
suite, which includes full access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The release for Google-powered phones follows previous
launches for Android tablets, iPhone and iPad, as well as the desktop
Just like those previous mobile releases, Redmond is
offering subscription-free access to the core suite to anyone with a Microsoft
Some features are still behind the Office 365 paywall, but
everyday users will be able to use the apps to create, open edit, save and
share their documents, presentations and spreadsheets directly from the
Of course, the files exist in the cloud and all changes are
synced back to the main document using Microsoft’s OneNote storage platform, as
well as partner solutions like Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.
The new apps have been designed for touchscreen and the
Android smartphone experience, with Microsoft calling them “the real Office
Microsoft says it tested the tools on 1,900 different
Android devices so there should be few compatibility problems for those jumping
on board with Office for Android phone.
As well as becoming available to download, the Office suite
will also ship built-in to mobile devices from 30 different manufacturers,
including Sony phones and Samsung tablets, among others.