Microsoft Brings Office To Android Phones Finally

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 25, 2015


Android users finally have something to rejoice, as Microsoft announced the launch of Office for Android phone, only weeks after the company rolled out the suite of applications as a preview. 

Users can use Microsoft Office on from their Android devices for writing, making presentations and crunching numbers. Microsoft’s venerable suite of applications, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, is finally making its way onto smartphones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system, Microsoft said in the release. 

The apps, which hit shelves of Google’s online Play Store, build on a Microsoft strategy to make its applications accessible from a broad array of devices as services in the internet cloud. And the best thing is, the apps like their counterparts on Android tablets and devices running Apple’s iOS operating system are free to download.

“I’m pleased to announce the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phone,” Microsoft Office team corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer said in a blog post.

“These join our previously released Office apps for Android tablets to complete the Office experience for the millions of Android users around the world,” he told AFP.

According to Koenigsbauer. the feedback was harvested during a preview period prompted features such as making it simple to connect with digital file storage services Box and Google Drive, along with Microsoft’s own OneDrive.

The company believes that having the applications on major mobile platforms will inspire more people to subscribe to its online Office 365 service.

The release represents yet another move by Microsoft to fully embrace its cross-platform strategy when it comes to its software. Office was equipped on Windows PCs in the past, but the company is working to make sure its flagship productivity suite even on competitors’ OS’. “The strategy seems to be succeeding at putting Office in the hands of a large audience,” notes a Tech Crunch report.

Experts believe coming a long way, from Steve Ballmer’s reign, CEO Satya Nadella heading the top seat for sixteen months, have brought about a sea change in the organization. This move is also a continuation of  its ’cloud first, mobile first’ strategy.

In April this year, the company said its iOS and Android downloads combined had topped 100 million.