Office for Android phone comes out of preview

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 24 June 2015
Office for Android phone comes out of preview

As of today, customers can download full versions of the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for their Android phones from the Google Play store.

The apps were first released in preview five weeks ago, following the successful launch of tablet-only Android versions at the end of January.

The apps are free to download and are available to anyone for basic document editing. To unlock more functionality, customers will need an Office 365 subscription.

Since launching the apps in preview, Microsoft has made a few tweaks. For example, it has made it easier to connect to other popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box. It has also made some usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps.

Writing in a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of the Office Client Applications and Services team, has confirmed that Microsoft has partnered with over 30 device manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony and LG, to pre-load these apps on Android devices – many of which will be available to buy later this year.

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