Microsoft has slowly been making their Office suite available on Android, first on tablets and more recently moving to the hugely popular phone platform. Microsoft has been making the apps available via their beta program, but as of today, you can grab Word, Excel and Powerpoint on your Android phone without having to resort to joining any Beta programs.
During their five week testing period which began just prior to Google I/O last month, Microsoft tested the apps on more than ‘1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries’ a pretty sizeable sample. That testing phase has obviously gone well with the apps now available to what appears to be a large portion of my Android devices (sorry Nexus Player).
There have been improvements since the beta began, with updated access to ‘popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box’ being added.
Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team who announced the general availability of the apps shared his favourite features of Office:
The apps are live now on Google Play and there will be incompatabilities, but for the most part the apps seem fairly available. You can download Word, Powerpoint and Excel on your Android phone now. Let us know what you think.