Microsoft Office for Android officially available, but don’t get too excited just yet

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2013

Office Mobile for Android

After launching an official but limited iOS Office application a short while ago, Microsoft has finally released a similar app for Android.

The Office Mobile app can be downloaded now free of charge from the Google Play Store, but don’t get too excited about it, as there are several limitations in place.

For starters, you will need an active Office 365 subscription to use the application. Furthermore, the app is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 and higher, and does not have tablet support.

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But most importantly, we’re not looking at a full-fledged Office mobile client here, as users won’t be able to do everything they’re used to doing with Office apps on their desktops.

Here’s what the application will let you do once you get it:

  • 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.

However, we can only hope Microsoft will further update the app to add more functionality to it. Also worth mentioning are cloud- and email-related features for the app. Office Mobile will let you open documents from the cloud (SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro, SharePoint), access recent cloud documents and even email attachments.

While there are other app alternatives for Android users to Office Mobile, including Google’s own Drive, the app will surely be appreciated by those users that spend a lot of time in Microsoft’s Office environment.

  • RarestName

    I think that they’ll improve it when the Surface sales increase.

  • William Worlde

    Why would I pay $99 PER YEAR for an app?! I use MSO 2007/03 on my computers and they serve my needs well. I understand that I may have to adopt the subscription based model at some point, but that time is not now. This model may not be solely from MS either.

    I don’t get a new MSO package every time its released; the new features have to be “can’t live without/it’s what I always wanted” for me to buy it. That’s why I’m still on 2007/03 6-10 years later, as they serve my needs well.

    I’d pay up to $10 for the app, but that’s it. In the meantime, I’ll continue using the very effective Kingsoft (even though I’ve got to readjust my fonts every time upon moving it from my Android to W8P laptop).

    • Daniel DS

      What does the P stand for in W8P?

      • Stalin


        • Lisandro O Oocks

          Nope, is Phone.

          Abdul, I think Daniel meant simply W8 laptop.

      • abul


      • CyberAngel

        Windows Phone 8 = WP8
        Windows 8 Pro =W8P

        I have named my PC as W8-64P

  • MasterMuffin

    I think the worst part is that there’s no tablet support, what are you thinking Microsoft!? They could also drop the subscription requirement and charge like $10

    • APai

      they are used to big money paid upfront by corporates, so anyone looking for a 10 dollar app is like third world for them! they are so used to easy money! lazy fat slobs… no wonder they move at a glacial pace as compared to other on the mobility scene

  • Daniel DS

    This is a joke, I hope that no one will use it and it will get a rating below 3 stars in the Play store just to show MS where they are wrong (everywhere, actually…)

    • Locutus

      I think all MS apps on the Play Store have a rating below 3 stars, other than Skype

  • True – nothing exciting…. Word and Excel, I do it with Polaris Office 4.0 which came free with my s3. It has even more – PDF reader and Notepad.

    What I need is MS Outlook and OneNote. If microsoft want a share of android users it should bring Outlook and OneNote to android. It will be smart for them to do that.

    • Aplmustdie

      OneNote is available on android

      • Steve

        Got a half decent update recently as well.

  • Locutus

    There are plenty of Office apps out there on Android but I wouldn’t describe any of them as perfect. I just feel there is something missing from Office apps…

    As for MS Office, its just another imperfect Office app.

  • Michal Zdenka

    Note 2 not supported? WTF?! I got 365 and can’t use all features..

  • End in sight

    I dropped Office and switched to SoftMaker’s free solution on my PC. I only need MS for Visio now and I hope someone gives me an alternative for that too.

    This is smart of MS to do this and making it better over time will only help them. I think they are really susceptible in the next year for losing huge numbers of Office users. If MS went <50% market share on Windows and <50% market share on Office, I am not sure they will survive as we know them today.

  • Chris Boots

    Much better alternatives that are free can’t see the point

  • seyss

    just another move in the “subscriptions” scam. they insert all kinds of cloud bullshit to trick you into thinking their app is “online” now and you must pay them monthly/yearly

  • Rooney-

    Microsoft’s strategy: Google,you release some of your official apps to us,then we will give our full support. Amidst of this,we are at the receiving end!

    • APai

      I’d say “up yours/ so long suckers” to MS and we’ll all move along! let them live in their own world. people will adapt to change , but not extortion

  • There are much better free alternatives why would someone spent money on office. Bad move Microsoft . Do you know google is adding local news card to Google Now

  • Thomas Ramsay

    cannot install in Canada. What a DICK move MS

  • Rand Dom
  • elmurdoc

    Not Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3, i just try

  • APai

    microsoft is so LAME. they want to entice people into moving over to windows phone with office alone. that’s just stupid. i hope they continue with this stupidity