Microsoft Office for Android is now free

March 27, 2014

Office Mobile best office apps for Android

Microsoft just made Office Mobile for Android free for home use. The app itself, available on Android since July of 2013, was always free, but it previously required a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of cloud-based productivity tools. Now Microsoft waived that requirement, bringing its powerful tools to all mobile workers using Android and the iPhone. The announcement was made today along with the introduction of an Office version for the iPad.

Office for Android lets you edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from smartphones without any restrictions. The app is available in the Play Store here.

At the announcement event, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella said the company is committed to making its cloud services available across all platforms. But the company wasn’t always so open. The Redmond-based giant was slow to make the Office suite – one of its main cash cows – available to Android and iOS users. While Microsoft was taking its sweet time, the web-based Google Docs and a number of dedicated apps have filled the void.

Besides Office Mobile, some of the best productivity apps for Android are QuickOffice, Documents to Go, Kingsoft Office, and Officesuite 7. Check them all out here.

Comments

  • Mystery Man

    :0

    • ycleft xperia

      Nice dude

    • Librarian

      My jaw dropped to the floor too!

      =-O

      This is good for Android users, I guess…

      • King of the Hill

        Sorry but I didn’t like it.

        I gave MS Mobile a try today but I was only able to save my files in the cloud drive (sux!), I couldn’t save them locally in my sdcard, for me that’s kind of useless when you are offline.

        I’ll just keep using Kingsoft office.

        • Gibscreen

          Also it won’t edit .doc files. Only docx. Microsoft just needs to die.

      • Nham Thien Duong

        Most of Microsoft’s Android applications are free, check it out. Only Kinectimals is paid…

  • MasterMuffin

    What does it have that competitors don’t?

    • Albin

      It won’t bunk up the professional macros, pivot tables, tables of contents, or indexes of your complex real work Office files created on the desktop, if you or somebody sharing the document edits and changes and saves it. Of course, if you use Office to write peronal shopping lists or notes to Mom, the competitors are just as good.

      • MasterMuffin

        First you’re saying how it won’t do these things but then you say it’s better than competitors (and also try to make a bad “I’m better than you” joke with the mom thing. I don’t know how these internet discussions always turn to either “who’s better” or “you’re “)?

        • Phil Rigby

          I don’t think he was saying that, he was generalizing (I didn’t read anything personal against you in there). Also he’s saying if you create complex Office docs on a desktop, then you really need Office on a phone/tablet to continue using them on mobile. If you’re doing ordinary, non-complicated documents – like shopping lists – any Office-style app should work.

          • MasterMuffin

            It’s the internet, anything you say can and will be used against you :) I assume the worst always. Also I get what he ment, it just wasn’t what he wrote :)

          • Phil Rigby

            If what I say is going to be held against me, then I say “big boobies”. :-)

          • MasterMuffin

            Are you sure? http://bit.ly/1hy0mp6

            Edit. My eyes are burning

          • Phil Rigby

            E-Honda is alive and well…

          • Mur

            Jesus mastermuffin, the way you responded and then proceeded to defend yourself by insulting others really portrayed you as immature. Albin’s post was in no way condescending or insulting. No offense intended (seriously), but you shouldn’t post angry replies if you don’t understand English perfectly. Not trying to troll, just saying what it looked like from an outside point of view.

            Also on topic: MS just thoroughly trolled apple. Everyone will rush to download an app named after the software they know and love, and apple will make no money off of it.

          • MasterMuffin

            He continued with “muffinbaby”, so I was right about him. Also, I had already edited my comment before your reply. I read the first part wrong, big deal?

          • Mur

            Pff let it go, it’s ok to be wrong. He called you that because you taunted him for no reason whatsoever. I’m talking about this:

            “(and also try to make a bad “I’m better than you” joke with the mom thing. I don’t know how these internet discussions always turn to either “who’s better” or “you’re “)?
            Edit. Oops I read the 3rd word wrong. Anyways, he’s still an internet looser”

            You started this game, now own up to it and end it.

          • MasterMuffin

            “He called you that because you taunted him for no reason whatsoever” and you know that because what, you’re a mind reader?
            “You started this game, now own up to it and end it” says the man who had no part in the original conversation but still keeps going on… Also this isn’t a game, you don’t need to continue just so you could “win”.

          • Mur

            I know that because he simply listed some arguments with no intent to insult anyone and you responded by calling him an Internet loser for no discernible reason, which we attributed to your imperfect knowledge of English. Instead of carrying on, you felt a need to prove that you’re right… No I had no part in it and as I said I was simply showing what it looked like from an exterior point of view. And once again you misinterpret what I said due to your shortcomings in English: no this isn’t a literal game in which one wins, I used another (pejorative) meaning of the word.
            Just end this, and be more careful when interpreting posts in the future.

          • MasterMuffin

            You just can’t stop. This is mildly amusing

          • Apple_Nexus

            Eh? Apple will get 30% of all in app Office 365 subscriptions.

            And who in the world loves Office? It’s just the industry standard and so a necessary evil for most people.

          • Mur

            Apple will get nothing, MS isn’t selling anything through the App Store. They’re simply selling their own 360 subscriptions through their own system. How is Office a “necessary evil”? Don’t like? Use OpenOffice or iWork.

          • Albin

            Exactly. That’s what I wrote. Muffinbaby’s refusal to read what I wrote speaks for itself about what he wrote.

          • Phil Rigby

            I wouldn’t worry about it.. there’s no need for this to turn into a flamewar – we’re not Apple fanbois here :-)

          • MasterMuffin

            So I was correct after all, you need to do that ridiculous internet thing where you need to show how you’re above other people. You’re one sad fellow

          • Sam

            Gustaaaaaa

          • Sam

            Ignore muffin.

        • asdf

          I think youre understanding of english is just bit off, no offense.

          • MasterMuffin

            Me enklish gud pl0x duud

          • fdsa

            Says the guy with 4 grammar mistakes in 1 sentence!

  • Albin

    MS wants business to use MS Office / OneDrive on tablets and phones as well as desktop even if users don’t want to buy the MS mobile device operating systems. This accounts for today’s Apple announcement as well as this freebie for Android. I take it as the signal MS might be moving away from Ballmer’s idea of creating a “walled garden” to monkey Apple.

  • John Doe

    Still not available on my Tablet!! So as usual another MS product that is not worth $hit!!

  • Josh McMurdo

    what is the point on a phone? I need this on a tablet

    • Nham Thien Duong

      It has been on phones since 1996 (Pocket Office -= mICROSOFT Ofiice Mobvile), so I’d say that plenty of people love to use it on their phones, I have it on my Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 920 Device, and it works awesome. :-D

  • Simos Katsiaris

    Fix the article, it never worked on android tablets and it will never be

  • Heisenberg

    I’ve used it briefly, and it looks a lot like Quick Office. The app is surprisingly smooth and bug free compared to other Microsoft apps, and the thing I like the most is One Drive integration.

    But like all other mobile Office apps, I just can’t imagine using it for anything more than basic document editing and taking notes. I once tried to write a quite long document on my phone, but I simply got bored and the amount of time it took me to write one paragraph, I could have easily wrote 3 on a PC.

    • Skya

      I often use spreadsheet to sum a series of number, it’s more handy than using calculator. But that’s it all.

  • Android Developer

    Why can’t I install it?
    SGS3 I9300…
    says “This app is incompatible with your device.” …

  • Caio Pacheco

    It’s not available for tablet

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      i read on some websites that if you got the phone’s apk it’ll work on tablets as well.
      i read of people saying that about nexus 7 and nexus 10
      but i don’t have a tablet, so i didn’t try

  • Cao Meo

    Looks like this guy is way better than Ballmer

    • Nham Thien Duong

      You do know that development started under Ballmer, probably by Ballmer’s direct orders to make something for Google iPads (to me not-Windows and not-Windows Phone are just the same dumb O.S.) Praise Ballmer. :-D

  • symbolset

    I will have one order of hat please. Medium rare, to go.

  • Ron Fisher

    Not compatable with Nexus 7. Please fix.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      For some reason Microsoft does that a lot, I have 3 different Android devices by 3 different O.E.M.’s and these are the only Android applications by Microsoft that I can get, for some reason I can’t get Bing, Bing for V.C.R. or TeleBing, I do get the Bing Mind-Reading Robot, the Bing Dictionary, and Bing Star. :-)

  • Al-Mothafar M. Al-Hasan

    Not available for all countries, it’s was good from us to think about this app, and its not worldwide !

  • endy

    Yah. I stopped using office over a year ago and now only have to use it at work. Textmaker and Planmaker work just as well. Why bother even downloading this app? MS is once again too late to the party.

  • SeanPR11

    “not compatible” with my Nexus 7 (2013)

  • Darktanone

    Hmm…You down played the fact that this version was for iPad only and there wasn’t a version for Android tablets. Instead you pumped up the previously released phone versions for both iOS and Android. These earlier releases weren’t the focus of the news conference. Any reason why you’d under report and change the focus of the event?