Tech Tuesday: Microsoft Office for Android


Your Mobile Office

Did you see the article posted over last weekend? Microsoft is relenting on Android devices running Office! There is a catch, naturally: Microsoft Office is only for those Android devices running KitKat 4.4 or newer. For those of us with the vast majority of devices running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.03, we are out of luck. For those lucky enough to afford a newer device, here are the specs:

The apps work much like the iOS versions, letting you create and edit documents, presentations and spreadsheets that will sync with OneDrive so you can work from anywhere.

Also like its iOS counterparts, the Android versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel let you quickly browse and open recent documents from your OneDrive or Dropbox accounts. You can also create new projects using a variety of handy templates. These templates, by the way, are completely customizable, letting you fill in your own details to create great-looking documents, presentations and spreadsheets. http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-office-apps-for-android-tablets-go-live-today/

All of the apps require you to have a Microsoft account (you can sign up from the app itself if you don’t have one), but once you’re all set up, you’ll be able to create and edit documents for free during a one-month trial.

Word for Android tablet, Excel for Android tablet andPowerPoint for Android tablet will be available in the Google Play store as free downloads. These apps join the highly rated OneNote for Android, as well. We are also committed to supporting the Intel chipsets via a native implementation that will be available within a quarter.

If you’re a consumer, just download the free apps from the Google Play store and then log in with your Microsoft Account to create files, print and perform day-to-day editing for free. To access premium features, sign up for an Office 365 subscription. If you are a business or organizational user, the Android tablet is now another device on which you can use Office, logging in with your Office 365 business credentials. http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/01/29/office-everywhere-great-news-office-ios-android/

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