Microsoft Office Finally Comes to Android Tablets, Available Now
After more than three month long preview phase, Microsoft has finally released the full version of Office for Android tablets. These portable devices can now run Microsoft’s proprietary Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps.
Microsoft revealed that more than 250 thousand users downloaded Microsoft Office apps since the preview phase kicked-off and their feedback helped shape the experience. According to the company:
The preview generated more than 250 thousand downloads of the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps across 33 languages and more than 110 countries, helping us refine and improve the product. This customer feedback has been critical to ensuring a high quality and consistent Office experience across the broad Android ecosystem.
System requirements have also been revealed by the company but they are the same as they were in the preview. The apps are optimized to run on Android tabs with a display size of 7 to 10.1 inches. Also, Android Kitkat 4.4 is recommended with a minimum of 1GB RAM.
Although you can also run it on Lollipop, Microsoft says the apps aren’t yet fully optimized for that version. Microsoft plans to improve the support for Android 5.5 via an update in the future.
Sadly, Tablets using Intel chips won’t be supported by Office right from get go. However Microsoft says they are “committed to supporting Android devices with Intel chips via a native implementation that will be available within a quarter.”
Furthermore, the company has revealed all apps including Word, Powerpoint and Excel will need you to have a Microsoft account.
Once everything is set-up, you will be given a one month free trial, and once that’s over, you will need to subscribe to Office 365. However, you will still be able to create or edit document, but premium features will be stripped after a month.
Similar to its iOS counterpart, the new Office apps for Android will let users open and browse files easily from Onedrive and Dropbox. New projects can be quickly created using a number of different templates. These templates are fully customizable and let you make adjustments and add details according to your needs.
Sadly, this version has no support for mobile devices and is limited to tablets. Hopefully, the mobile version will be replaced in the near future as well.
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