Back in November, last year, Microsoft launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPhone and iPad users and made mobile editing free for Android tablet owners, as well. In the beginning of this year, Android tablets have received the full versions of Microsoft’s Office suite and now the company launched the official apps for Android phone owners, as well.
Microsoft’s Office apps have been available for Android phones in preview form, but now Microsoft is launching the final versions on the Google Play Store. Go ahead and download Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your Android phone to enjoy all the features that they bring. During the preview, Microsoft says they were able to test the apps on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries, which probably helped release the final versions so soon.
The single drawback with the new apps is that they will run on a device which has at least 1GB of RAM and which is fueled by at least Android 4.4 KitKat. There are actually quite many out there who don’t meet this requirement, so it’s a shame that they won’t be able to enjoy Microsoft’s iconic apps.
The apps will replace the older Office Mobile and, of course, are free to use. You simply need a Microsoft account to be able to use them, and there are some extra features that you can unlock with an Office 365 subscription. Furthermore, while now users need to download them from the Play Store, it seems that they will be pre-installed later this year on certain devices from over 30 OEMs, such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and others.
If you live in China, you can get the apps from such alternative app stores as Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, CMCC, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Store. Among the most recent features, Office for Android phone apps can now connect to third-party storage services including Google Drive and Box.