Microsoft seeking Office for Android tablet testers

by: Edgar CervantesJuly 2, 2014


Microsoft Office is one of the company’s most valuable assets. As expected, the company has been extremely cautious with each release. The office suite is definitely the most popular of its kind and has stayed a favorite for many years. It sure was eventful to see it come to Android last year, but so far we have yet to see a tablet version show up.

Microsoft is now readying the impending launch of the tablet-optimized Office for Android, which would include Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The Redmond giant is seeking testers for said software, according to “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”.


It’s a bit hard to join the private beta test, but it’s always worth a shot. You should be able to register from Microsoft’s Pre-Release Program website, which is currently under maintenance and displays the following message:

Thank you for your interest in Microsoft Office programs! We are in the process of updating our submission site and expect it to be back online soon. We will be accepting applications throughout the next several weeks and hope you return later in the week to submit your interest.

When released, we can expect the tablet-optimized Office apps to join the rest of the Office 365 suite. You will need a subscription to enjoy the suite’s benefits, but those who really value Microsoft Office will find it a great deal.

As for me – I will stick with Google Drive. Though I accept Office apps tend to be much more complex and full-featured, the simplicity of Google Drive is more than enough to get my work done.

  • Amigo

    “I will stick with Google Drive…”

    Google Drive is not an office suite app; it’s for cloud storage!

    This means, you can still use Google Drive, even if you use Microsoft Office (app)… which is recommended.

    Google Drive competes with Microsoft OneDrive – cloud storage.

    Google Docs (app) competes with Microsoft Office (app) – office suite.

    Anyhow, for students, Microsoft Office (app) is recommended over Google Docs. Reason: Office keeps your formatting ‘correct’, while Google Docs ignores / screws up your formatting (such as tables, text sizes, indentation etc.)

    For more recommended apps for students, productivity and learning:

    • Jayfeather787

      If it screws up your formatting, you simply don’t know how to use it.

      • Jesus

        Make a simple table in excel, or word, and copy paste into Google docs… your table is no more.

      • James_75


    • korlai

      Actually you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about! Before you jump on somebody’s neck trying to make them look stupid, make sure you have facts! He mentioned Google Drive because if you’ve been paying attention, Google Docs got rolled up into Drive ergo Docs is now embodied in Drive, it is no longer a stand alone product, it is now an office suite native to Drive. You access Drive to get to docs/to use Docs you have to go through Drive so he knew exactly what he was talking about! So please spare us with your ridiculous comparison chart as if we don’t have a clue what Drive and Docs are. I get irritated with all you ‘know-it-all’ internet trolls who always feel the need to try to correct a writer from your point of view without carefully making sure you know the context and angle from which the writer is musing his thoughts.

      • Amigo

        OK… sorry to have offended you amigo. Chill out and let me clarify.

        Writer’s point : He will use Google Drive (and thus, Google Docs according to you and indirectly, the writer), instead of Microsoft Office.

        My point : You can still use Google Drive, but you don’t have to use Google Docs. You can still use, and should use Microsoft Office for viewing and editing, for my aforementioned reasons.

        I.e. You can get the best of both worlds. Peace.

        • korlai

          Understood! I just wish you would’ve constructively made your point this way in your first comment instead of trying to make the writer look stupid. I think the writer was just indirectly referring to Google Docs but instead mentioned Google Drive because he’s probably so used to seeing Google Drive first whenever he accesses Google Docs (Personally I immediately understood that he was indirectly talking about Docs when I read it).

          Your point however, is well taken and accepted Amigo! Peace

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  • Yaritza Miranda

    I prefer Led Lampen