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Microsoft Office Mobile for Android Now Available

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Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android this morning, bringing Office 365 subscribers a chance to access, view and edit their Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents. The app itself is technically free and works on devices running Android 4.0+, but again, you need a 365 subscription in order to actually use it.

Everything with this app revolves around the cloud, though, which is to be expected in 2013. You can make simple edits, view “great-looking” docs, resume reading Word documents from where you last left off, and even edit while offline.

We’ve got the full list of features below. 

Here are the “key” features:

Access documents from virtually anywhere:

  • Cloud – With your phone, you can access Office documents that are stored on SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, or SharePoint.**
  • Recent Documents – Office Mobile is cloud-connected. The documents you’ve recently viewed on your computer are readily available on your phone in the recent documents panel.
  • Email Attachments – You can view and edit Office documents attached to email messages.

Office documents look stunning:

  • Great-Looking Documents – Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
  • Optimized for phone – Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been optimized for the small screen of your phone.
  • Resume Reading – When opening a Word document from SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro on your phone, it automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
  • Presentation Views – The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.

Make quick edits and share:

  • Edit – You can make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. 
  • Documents Remain Intact – Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
  • Edit While Offline – Your device doesn’t have to be continuously connected to the network to work on an Office document that is stored online. You can view and edit recently used documents even while you’re offline. Your changes will be saved online when your device reconnects to the network or to Wi-Fi.
  • Create – You can create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
  • Comments – You can review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.
  • Share – When you’re done with your edits or comments, simply send the document in email or save it to SkyDrive or SharePoint.

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  • The only thing I don’t like about this is standalone Office licensees get left out in the cold. I have an Office 2013 license, but since it isn’t a 365 license I can’t use the app. Ugh.

  • James_75

    So it’s basically MS’s version of Docs to Go with still no ability to create or edit formulas?

    I’d buy the subscription if it allowed me to do this in Excel files.

    • Mike Hilal

      I got Docs to Go from the amazon free app of the day a year or so ago….far better than what MS is offering right now

  • Akashshr

    Lol not incompatible with Nexus 4! hahaha
    Go home Microsoft, your the same!

    • Elvin

      not incompatible=compatible?

  • mini-me

    Comes with a subscription and NSA approved

  • Verizon

    I know you are all as excited as I am that this will be pre-installed on your next Verizon device….along with Bing as the default search engine.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Galaxy S Fascinate all over again?

      • Verizon

        What a horrible thing that was too.

    • michael arazan

      Um you forgot your partnership with AOL? AOL is going to be forced on all devices in the near future says the press release.

  • Nadora

    No Office 365 subscription, no app = NO thanks…

  • edoggy

    I’ll stick with Google Docs. Thanks.

  • PhoenixPath

    This will be great for us enterprise users, and I believe that is it’s entire purpose…

    The app itself isn’t subscriptions based as I understand it. Rather, it is free for anyone with an existing subscription to 365.

    The upshot being that all of us corporate 365 users can now use this on our Android phones. Hopefully tablet support will be forthcoming…

    • RW-1

      Agreed, on all points. Working fine on my GNex with 4.3, having a 365 account, while I may not edit, I’ve been transitioning my office to it this month, having access through this is excellent, laeving sky drive to my personal account instead of sharing.

  • danofiveo

    Another Microsoft fail. Not compatible with Nexus 10.

    I’ll stick with Google Drive; thank you very much!

  • Anon

    Irony is that I’d buy it if it wasn’t a subscription app. MS, you can take your everything-cloud, everything-subscription new philosophy and stick it.

    • MS, you can take your everything-cloud, everything-subscription new philosophy and stick it.

      1) You can still get standalone, non-subscription licenses
      2) Major Office updates drop every 3 years, so if you’re buying a standalone license you’re effectively paying a yearly subscription cost equal to (standalone license fee)/3

  • bkosh84

    Sorry, but a subscription to use an Office product is just stupid.. Either I’ll download Open Office for free or torrent M$ Office from somewhere and use Google Docs for my mobile needs..

  • JonathonFlores

    Not available on the Gnex… Verizon influenced I see.

    • BrianRoskamp

      Works fine on my Droid Razr on Verizon

    • AC

      Gnex is the only thing it is compatible with…

      • Weber

        I don’t know how to feel about this.

    • Meltdown07

      I downloaded it to my 4.3 Gnex just fine

  • AK

    Not compatible with any of my Nexus devices :/

  • David Narada Brown

    not interested microsoft. yearly subscriptions??? I’ll just use google docs or something. Thanks but no thanks!

    • Shaunwin

      Exactly what I was thinking!

    • cikani

      yeah,google can spy on me better!

    • Eric R.

      Its $150. I’m sticking to Kingsoft

    • Tyler Durden

      Glad I’m a student and get a year free and another 3 years for only $80.

      • Kane

        Only $80 lol. Microsoft can only add so much to its Office lineup. Now lets pay for it over and over.

        • Tyler Durden

          Too bad you’re broke. That’s $20 a year.

    • Google Docs is an absolute joke – especially when it comes to rendering – compared to Office.

  • Apparently its not compatible w/the Nexus 7. Wondering if it is also incompatible with other tablets. (Can you say “trying to prop up Windows tablet sales”?)

    • JZ

      I imagine it probably is, since the iOS version of the app is only available for iPhone and not iPad. That being said, I imagine devs will make it possible sooner than later to use on your Nexus 7 🙂

      • Meltdown07

        I backed it up with titanium on my gnex and restored it on my tablet, works fine.

    • Meltdown07

      Not compatible with my transformer pad infinity

  • Zach B.

  • JafarKhQ

    “This item cannot be installed in your device’s country.”
    Any APK link ?