Microsoft Office comes to Android, limited to Office 365 subscribers


Image courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft has today announced the launch of Office Mobile for Android. The long-awaited application is available at no additional charge for Office 365 subscribers, giving current subscribers the ability to work on their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go.

This release follows the launch of Office Mobile for iPhone last June. The iPhone version of the app is also limited to Office 365 subscribers, and the overall functionality is the same. The same suite of applications comes preinstalled on all Windows Phone 8 devices.

Unfortunately, the application isn’t compatible with Android tablets, and the app is only open to users in the US for the time being. Microsoft’s official blog states that support for additional countries will be added over the next few weeks.

As with Office Mobile on iPhone, SkyDrive supports Office Mobile for Android, offering cloud storage and syncing for all changes users may make on the go. When first loading up the mobile app, users will find a list of recently opened documents (either recently opened on desktop or within the app), and any changes will sync back to the desktop version(s) of the programs.

All three programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) have been optimized for use on the smaller smartphone screen. Menu bars disappear after a short time, freeing up screen space, and the menus that remain have been streamlined to prioritize the options most commonly used when editing, commenting on or formatting a document.

A free 30-day Office 365 trial is available for those wishing to try Office Mobile for Android for free. Additional technical details about the program can be found on Microsoft’s official website.

[H/T Engadget]