Microsoft Releases Office for Android Phones as a Preview
Earlier today, Microsoft released Office app for android on smartphone for public preview. Currently it caters three core apps of MS Office i.e. Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Back in January, Microsoft released the preview of Office on Android for tablets. Microsoft Office has recently shifted its attention to Androids, otherwise it was already providing a similar app for iOS and Windows Phone.
According to Office 365 marketing team General Manager, Jared Spataro, the reason behind making the preview available before the official release is feedback. Once user base has given its feedback, the company can change and improvise the app as per suggested by consumers.
Bringing these apps to preview first provides you with an early look at the apps, while enabling us to gather critical user feedback helping us shape and improve the app experience on a wide range of Android phones across the world. The feedback we received from the Office for Android tablet preview in January was critical to ensuring a high quality and consistent Office experience across Android tablet devices.
The Android app for Office will not be offering all features as Office for desktop does. The touch enabled smartphone app will focus on sharing, tweaking and reading the content rather than creating it. The app will collaborate with Microsoft’s OneDrive & SharePoint, Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.
It is quite easy to gain access to the preview, it takes some time though. Users would have to join the Android community for Office and select ‘become a tester.’ Then Google will replicate the permission and you can download it through Google Play. The ‘taking permission’ part can take up to four hours.