Microsoft Expands Preview Of Office Apps For Android Tablets

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Early last year, Microsoft finally launched its long-awaited Office apps for iPad. In November, the company announced their Android counterparts, making Word, Excel, and Powerpoint available in preview mode.

Microsoft promised general availability of the apps in 2015. That isn't happening just yet, but they did just expand the preview.

In a blog post, the Office 365 Team writes, "Over the last two months, we have heard from people all over the world who want the power of Office on their Android tablet. The feedback we’ve received through this initial phase of preview has helped us shape and optimize the Office experience for Android tablet users. Your feedback also helps us plan and prioritize future feature updates."

"We want more feedback from more users to ensure that Office apps work well on a range of different Android tablets before launching the official apps," it says. "To participate in the preview, you can use an ARM-based Android tablet running KitKat or Lollipop, with a screen size between 7″ and 10.1″. Starting today, anyone can go to Google Play and download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint preview apps. No waitlist. No requesting access. Just go and download the apps!"

The company is hosting a Google+ Community for the Office for Android Tablets preview, where Android tablet users can request access to the apps and leave feedback about them.

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