MS Office Apps Finally Make their Way to Android Devices

July 4, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Ever thought of a port to Windows or Apple devices so that you get the most out of MS Office offerings?

It would be better if you reshuffle your decision, as dedicated apps from MS Office no longer remain abstained from Android devices

Microsoft has brought in the feature that lets the Android version of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel apps to crack the beta borders; certainly a much awaited announcement for Android users, except for those who have felt homey with the likes of WPS, Kingsoft and OfficeSuite.


The individual apps from the MS Office suite can now be fetched for free from the app store. Users can avail the features of OneDrive, but that’s not a necessity.

There are indeed some premium features like the custom headers and tracking changes, and these require an active subscription to Office365. Nevertheless, you could still have a good swing with the apps even if unsubscribed.

Microsoft announced MS Office apps for Android a few weeks ago. The initial debut of these apps on Android  came through a public beta program, under which the suite products were rolled out to across 83 countries as ‘Preview’ editions.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team, explains in his blog that feedback from the beta users were considered to mould the fully fledged products for Android users.

The preview app was tested across 1,900 different Android models. However, it would put constraints on older devices. The compatibility listing suggests that Android 4.4 or upper versions are required for the smooth running of Word, Excel and PowerPoint  services.

Other users may have to rely upon the Office companion app until you decide to make a switch to higher Androids.

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