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Microsoft Office Confirmed for Android, Release Penciled In for Q1 2013

As of today, Microsoft does indeed have plans on releasing Office for Android devices. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been questioning when exactly this was going to happen after having received bits and pieces of info, but nothing official. Finally, that has changed this morning as new info and even screenshots have hit the web via The Verge.

Thanks to their sources, Office is confirmed for both iOS and Android devices with a rough release time frame of Q1 of 2013. The apps will be free for those with a Microsoft account, but to use certain features in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the user will need a paid Office 365 subscription.

Well, glad that all the rumors can be put to rest. It’s coming and now we wait patiently like we always do.

Via: The Verge

  • spunker88

    Would be nice to finally have a full Office suite on Android. Most of them are only good for basic editing. Softmaker’s office is pretty good but kind of slow. But we are supposed to get LibreOffice on Android next year and unlike MS Office it will be free and open source.

  • SecurityNick

    CloudOn is the best mobile app for Office applications, hands down. Everything works in it, you can access Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box, and full edit/create functionality.

  • joejoe5709

    I’m not really interested in creating word docs on my phone unless I had a tablet or Galaxy Note 2 or something similar. And even then, I’m happy creating them on the computer and then throwing them into Google Docs. A better Microsoft Office doc reader would be good. The one I’m using is only merely adequate.

  • Finire

    So that’s $48 per year at a minimum for something that QuickOffice can do already? Sorry folks, I’m not seeing the advantage of paying that much.

  • Paul

    I don’t remember the last time I’ve used microsoft office. I’m always using either google docs or openoffice now.

  • Prime7

    I was looking forward to this, but:

    1. It has the stupid, ugly Metro UI, and
    2. I don’t want to subscribe to Office 365.

    I guess I’ll have to make do with whatever I have now.

  • steven sullivan

    Does anyone really desire Microsoft on their android? Not me.

    • WAldenIV

      I was reading your comment thinking, “WTF?! I didn’t type this!”. Nice avatar.

    • michael arazan

      There will be three different apps that will make up microsoft office. And for a monthly fee they will give all the perks, so it sounds like the three free apps will have the bare minimum to make people purchase the monthly fee that will share with others and other stuff like for presentations. I doubt it will be even worthwhile since the free apps will be just for editing only.

  • akazerotime

    Quickoffice HD, what? No thanks, I’m good

  • http://twitter.com/morpheus282 William

    What, no Visio viewer app?

  • Rob

    So will it be available on a chromebook?

  • JBartcaps

    It looks like Google docs with a different color.

  • Droid Burgundy

    aaaaaaaannnndddd the reason to buy a Surface RT is gone.

    • NexusMan

      the UI on the Surface is incredible, and it no doubt will foster a better MS Office experience than any apps on Android phones or tablets.

    • http://twitter.com/adrynalyne Adrynalyne

      Nah. Surface RT has full Office programs, whereas these will be probably more akin to QuickOffice and other mobile office suites.

      • Cowboydroid

        I’m curious…what is a “full office program” on a mobile device? Is it not a mobile application?

    • c4v3man

      It doesn’t help their case, but Office on Surface RT is full-blown Office 2013. This app is Office Lite… not much more than a viewer and light editor.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pdenson Paul Denson

    Whatever happened with Google’s purchase of QuickOffice? I’m still waiting to see something come out of that.

    • master94

      I read itt was implemented into Google Docs.

  • Eddie

    Without full desktop capability, and with monthly subscription over actual ownership, I will stick with current alternatives and hope for a libre office release with more functionality.