Microsoft Office Comes to Android Phones

Good news for Android users from Microsoft today: Office 365 subscribers can now download and run the Office Mobile app! Hooray! That’s a pretty big deal for the world’s number one mobile platform.

So long as you are running version 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” or later on a mobile phone, you will be good to go. The app is a free download, but won’t work unless you are an Office subscriber. If you don’t already have one, you can buy an Office subscription on the Microsoft website.

Key Features of Office for Android

  • Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, optimized for the smaller real estate on a smartphone screen
  • Microsoft’s SkyDrive is the default place to save documents
  • Office subscribers get an extra 20GB of storage in SkyDrive
  • Clean interface, optimized for documents
  • Not as many bells and whistles as Google Drive
  • Only available in the USA (for now)

Subscribers can run Office on up to five mobile devices; even better, mobile devices don’t count against the five PCs or Macs that can install the desktop apps. Windows RT and Windows Phone devices don’t count against either total. (Be aware that those numbers may differ a bit for student or business accounts.)

The Android version, much like the iPhone version, is not yet tablet-friendly. If you need to use Office on your tablet, you will have to use web apps available in the Google Play store (or try side-loading).

Are you excited that Office is now available for Android? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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