Microsoft ports Office to Android smartphones, tablets not supported
Roughly six weeks after extending its signature Office productivity suite to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is porting its free Office Mobile application to smartphones running Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, enabling Office 365 subscribers to access, view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the go.
Microsoft's Office is now on Google's Android.
Office Mobile for Android is virtually identical to its iOS predecessor: The app offers access to documents stored in Microsoft's SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint cloud services, as well as files recently viewed on the desktop and email attachments. All Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents are optimized for the Android form factor, with all formatting and content remaining intact, complete with support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics and shapes. Users may also create new Word and Excel files on their phone, view and edit recently viewed documents offline, review and add comments and share files via email or save them to SkyDrive or SharePoint.
Office Mobile access is limited to current Office 365 subscribers, meaning services are not available to Android handset owners who purchased the most recent Office desktop suite as a standalone product. The typical Office 365 subscription runs $99.99 per year and is available for purchase from the Microsoft Office website.
Office Mobile is supported on smartphones running Android 4.0 or later and is not optimized for Android tablets. The app is available for download now from the U.S. outpost of the Google Play digital storefront. Microsoft said it would expand the app to additional languages and markets in the near future.
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