Microsoft Office Web Apps coming to Android tablets very soon

May 8, 2013
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Microsoft Office Web Apps
Ever wonder when you’ll get to use Microsoft‘s Office Web Apps on your Android tablet? Well, wonder no more. Today, Microsoft shared info on what it plans to do regarding its popular Web-based productivity suite over the next year and beyond. In line with its aim of encouraging on-the-go content creation for everyone, it is currently working on rolling out much-needed Office Web Apps compatibility with Android-powered tablets.

In a post on its Office 365 blog, Microsoft said that it plans to work on three main areas for the betterment of Office Web Apps: user experience, social and collaboration, and broad cross platform browser support. It’s in that last area that Android tablet support is included, as Office Web Apps will soon be made to work with Android through mobile Chrome browser support. Currently, only Windows 8-powered tablets and Apple iPads get full access to Office Web Apps features. But as you can probably tell, this will change very soon.

Microsoft also aims to add a so-called real-time co-authoring feature to Office Web Apps, allowing users to see changes being made by their collaborators in real time. This is a subtle new addition that Microsoft has taken to describing as “a great enhancement to enable even richer collaboration.”

Of course, there are already several different mobile productivity suites available for Android. And most of them are free. Not to mention, Google itself offers a worthy alternative to Office Web Apps in the form of Google Docs. Still, it would be nice to see Microsoft bring its mobile Office suite over just to see how it compares. Maybe then it wouldn’t so quick to call the entire Android ecosystem as a mess.

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