Microsoft on Android: Word, Excel and PowerPoint

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Over the last 2 and a half years, Microsoft has released two completely different versions of the core Office apps on Android: Office Mobile in July 2013 and Word, Excel and PowerPoint throughout 2015. Both suites are currently available in the Google Play Store but the one you’ll use depends primarily on the version of Android your phone or tablet is running. They both have the same purpose, letting you open and edit your documents, but are immensely different in their feature set and presentation.

Office Mobile is a single application that handles Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. The app is very similar in concept to Office Mobile from Windows Phone 7 to 8.1, primarily focused on viewing documents and making minor edits on the go. You can edit all three file types, but can only create Word and Excel documents strangely enough. Files can be opened from anywhere on the device, but you can only save edited documents to a linked OneDrive or Dropbox account. The app is free for anyone to use and is a fine choice if you just need to open an Office document every once in awhile.

Microsoft’s new Office suite for Android is an entirely different beast though. Word, Excel and Powerpoint have all been separated into individual apps finally, each with their own unique UI for creating and editing documents. These apps scale naturally depending on the type of device you’re using and take excellent advantage of the larger screens found on various Android tablets. Documents can be opened or saved to anywhere on the device or to any app that supports Android’s storage access framework, or to the integrated support for OneDrive and Dropbox. The apps have nearly all of the major editing options found in their desktop siblings and are even free to use for personal use. To take advantage of some of the more advanced features of the apps, or to use the apps for business use, you will need to be an Office 365 subscriber.

There’s a huge amount of value in the suite, with or without Office 365, and are hands-down some of the most powerful document editors on Android, giving Google’s offerings a high bar to meet. This is the second post in the series on Microsoft’s current Android offerings, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see us go over in the series!

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26 thoughts on “Microsoft on Android: Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  1. Four programs are android friendly – word, excel, power point, and one note. The latter is a useless program and I see no point in installing it. The first three have some use and require little to learn how to do and they can do a lot. The one problem, however is MS Access. If you want to install that, you have to put Quickbase on and use a business name to sign in (its no charge so if you have a parents or family business you can put that in they dont really want anything out of you and log in that way with a password and then learn the program. It is harder, however to learn and use than excel although it works well when you get the hang of knowing what to click on

  2. I just learned about the app a few or so days ago, but whether I start on my desktop or start on my Android how do I share from one to the other so I can continue when I get home or continue while I'm on the go ? Also did I hear her say the app is free for devices 10 inches or less ? I have a 12.2 Galaxy Tab, does that mean I would have to pay for the app ?

  3. Guys who need office 2016 product key can go to page #plus.google.com/u/0/105161971319149521420 get one, works like a charm!

  4. @On MFST, I use a Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge 2017. In a College Class, I am to upload assignments as a Microsoft Office Document. Is this possible using only my handset? How should I go about doing this? PLEASE HELP!!!

    P.S. I have downloaded Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) to the handset.

  5. I downloaded Powerpoint on my Samsung, but it doesn't really work… I can write titles and that's all… Do I need to buy something to insert pictures, charts, etc ?
    P.S: I like your videos 😉

  6. did they fix the charging problem every new phone goes through after about 2-3 months or how about the problem of your phone just turning off/on when you try and turn it on(after having it for almost a year)

  7. How well is the data syncing to the cloud and to other devices on Android? Fast, average, slow? Is data syncing better or worse on Android compared to Windows Phone or is it just an internet signal problem?

  8. Well done Microsoft. Good for be inclusive.
    Service is a great idea for the company, just don't leave us behind, remember us. 🙂

    Unlike some other cough cough Google cough Apple cough cough companies.

  9. So, this REALLY poses a PROBLEM since you most likely CAN'T work on documents created and save on a full blown laptop or desktop with full blown Windows 10 and Office. Boooooo. Not so good!

  10. I really like your videos! Maybe an idea is a comparison with windows phone to android because i'm really thinking about switching to a wp because I love Microsoft and it services but I don't know if it will be smart.

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