Microsoft Just Launched Office For Android Phones

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Microsoft announced that Office for Android is now generally available and in the Google Play Store. In other words, Android users can take advantage of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on their Android phones.

Each has its own app, and join those that were already released for Android tablets.

"Five weeks ago, we announced the Office for Android phone preview," says Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team at Microsoft. "We are so grateful to our preview users, and with their help we were able to test the apps on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries. During the preview, we heard from thousands of these users, and over the last few weeks we were able to incorporate a lot of their feedback into the apps we’re launching today. For example, we made it easier to connect to other popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box, as well as many usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps."

With the new apps, you'll be able to review and edit documents in "full fidelity" from your phone, as well as read comments and add your own.

With the PowerPoint app, you can just take your phone to a meeting and present a presentation wirelessly.

"owerPoint for Android phone gives me the same transitions, animations and design that I would have from my desktop, and I can even use inking to highlight important points while presenting," says Koenigsbauer.

On a related note, Google itself recently made presenting with Slides a lot better too.

With Office, you can get quick access to documents from your phone and see where you were last working within them. You can access those stored in Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box in addition to OneDrive.

Microsoft has partnered with over 30 OEMs to pre-load the apps on Android devices, which will be in stores later this year.

Image via Microsoft

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