Following the release of the Microsoft Office app for iPhone users, Android users will have the possibility to use the app on their devices as well. The app does not differ too much from the iPhone version, both in functionality and in the fact that it will not be available for Android tablets, but only for smartphones. Android tablet users, like iPad users, will have to work with the web tools.
With this release, Microsoft is closing the loop, having brought to Windows Phone 8 users, iPhone users and now, Android users their Office tools. All users will have to log in to their Office 365 accounts to be able to use the Office app for any of the three different platforms it works on.
The same Office Experience on Android
The new Android Office Mobile app is almost identical to the iPhone version, having the same UI and features. Users will have access to a Recent Documents tab, and the ability to create and edit Office files like Word or Excel documents and PowerPoint presentations.
In terms of document editing and formatting, much like the other Office Mobile apps for the other platforms, the Android version only offers basic tools like Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, Underline, Font Color and Font Size. For Microsoft Excel users, there are other functions available, such as SUM, Average, MAX, MIN and other tools that allow users to insert charts or filter tables, but still, pretty basic tools compared to the full program.
While the app can be limited in some aspects, keep in mind that it is not a replacement for Microsoft Office, but more like a way to verify documents, create quick documents or slightly edit existing ones. Saving documents is done via SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro.
Office Mobile for Android will run on any device that has Android 4.0 or higher, and it does not offer the possibility to subscribe to Office 365 . Also, all documents are stored in Microsoft’s cloud storage system, SkyDrive, and there is no option for saving documents locally.
At this time, there are no plans for tablet versions of Microsoft Office, neither for Android or iOS users. Microsoft is encouraging tablet users to do their work on the web. Although we don’t count on seeing tablet versions for these apps, it’s not like Microsoft hasn’t made a 180 degree turn yet (if you remember the Xbox One).
For more information on the Microsoft Office App for Android, you can check out the Official Microsoft Blog, where you can see all the features that the app provides. Also, for those who want to test out the app, they can download it from the Google Play Store.