Microsoft Office has arrived for Android phones and the company has been ambitious regarding the cross platform strategy.
Latest Microsoft news is regarding the Office for Android announcement that the software giant made yesterday. Approximately after one month that the company launched applications’ suite for preview purposes, the company has now finally made us experience the Office for Android phone. The release included Excel, Word and PowerPoint that have been specifically designed for the Android phone and its experience. This effort is following the ones that have been made earlier in order to bring the Microsoft Office to Android based tablets and also Office on Windows, iOS devices and OS X.
The apps related to Office are there to support common tasks, which includes editing and reviewing the files while on the way, presenting the presentations on PowerPoint from the phone and also being able to pull up the docs quickly even if they are stored on services by competitors such Google Drive, Box or Drop box. The apps that are going to replace the older version of Office Mobile are requiring Android KitKat or above and also 1GB RAM.
The latest addition, Android M is not yet under the umbrella for support. The apps do not charge a fee and are free assuming that the user has the Microsoft account which is free; still there are extra features that users can make use of by subscribing for Office 365. Microsoft news reports that these apps will be on the devices from more than 30 OEMs which include LG, Samsung, Sony and other devices. These devices shall be in the retail stores in the last months of this year.
At the same time, there is no regulation that the users have to wait for their handsets to have pre-installed Office; the apps have been made available for download to all. Excel for Android, Word for Android and PowerPoint for Android are available on Google Play. In China, they are made available at the app stores too, including Baidu, Tencent, CMCC and Xiaomi.
Microsoft has stated that the testers for preview have run the Office for the Android phones on more than 1,900 unique phone models in approximately 83 countries. This has let the company to be able to integrate their own feedback in the versions launched yesterday. The feedback coming from testers not only let the company get bugs troubleshoot but the company also enhanced the features and user interface. The Office for Android apps is now able to connect to the apps from third-party which includes Box and Google Drive. This launch points out to the fact that the company is encouraging the cross-platform strategy.