Microsoft Makes Office Preview for Android Tablets Open For Everyone
Microsoft launched the apps of its most powerful suite — Office — for Android and iOS back in November. Now the Redmond-based company has made Word, Excel, and PowerPoint open for everyone. So anyone with a compatible device can download these apps for free from Play Store.
Back in November, Microsoft underwent a change in its strategy for Office as it made tools for creating and editing documents completely free removing the requirement of Office 365 subscription. Moreover, the company also released its most successful Office apps — Word, Excel, and PowerPoint — for Android tablets and iPhones. At that time, these apps were in “Preview mode.”
The “Preview mode” was a phase for these apps in which Microsoft received feedback from users to eliminate bugs and optimize the software to provide better experience. Only those were able to download the apps who were invited by Microsoft itself via its Google Plus group.
This phase lasted for two months, and now Microsoft has made the apps open for everyone. However, the apps are still in Preview mode and they are not in their final version yet. So this move will help Microsoft get much more user feedback, hence speeding up the testing process.
You can use these apps on any 7″-to-10.1″ ARM-based Android tablet running KitKat or Lollipop. Almost all popular tablets are supported by these apps so you don’t need worry about compatibility issues.
Microsoft Office was one of the most widely used productivity software that generated major part of revenue for Microsoft. But the shift of companies towards cloud and free cloud-based productivity utilities from different companies, like Google, put major challenge for Microsoft. So they had to adjust their strategy.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasized on improving the Office experience for users and said that the company will be focusing on productivity software.
“We’re taking that same user experience we provide online to the native apps of iOS and Android. We want to make sure that our customers can be productive across all the devices they have,” said Microsoft’s head of Office marketing Michael Atalla when they launched Office for free on Android and iOS.
In addition to launching Office on Android and iOS, Microsoft launched it for Mac as well.