It is official. Microsoft is opening their Office products to Android tablet users. For a couple of months, Microsoft had allowed select Android tablet users to preview and offer feedback so they could refine and improve what they needed to. There were 3,000 Android devices of over 500 models with different sizes and hardware capabilitiesSo far, there have been at least more than 80 million downloads of Office on the iPhone and iPad worldwide. That number is expected to increase now that Android users will be able to download Microsoft Office.
Simply download the free apps from the Google Play Store. However, there are a few requirements one should keep in mind. Office for Android works on tablets running Android KitKat 4.4 and must have 7 inch screens or larger. For tablets running on Lollipop, keep in mind that Microsoft is not officially supporting the upgrade just yet. It will somewhere down the line though.
As of right now, the Android versions of Word, Powerpoint, and Excel let you browse and open documents from your OneDrive or Dropbox accounts. Of course one must have a Microsoft account, but if you don’t have one, then one can sign up for an account using the app. Basic features such as creating files, printing, and performing other day-to-day jobs is free. However, to access premium features, one must sign up for a qualifying Office 365 subscription.
For those of you that downloaded Microsoft Office for Android, be sure and leave a comment below and let us know how it is working for you.