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Microsoft Office @ Android available on Smartphones and Tabs

imageSince announcing general availability of Office for Android devices, the world’s most popular productivity app can today be downloaded to all Android smartphones and ARM-based Android tablets from a range of OEMs across India. Bringing the power of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android, the app is designed for touch, on the go and tuned for Android devices.

The Microsoft Office app is available on ARM-based Android tablets from OEMs such as Lenovo, Lava, Micromax, Samsung and iBall as well as from Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi, Lenovo, LG and Sony for Android-based smartphones.

Customers will immediately feel familiar with the Microsoft Office ribbon. Large touch points make it easy for everyone to navigate commands. External keyboards can be connected to the tablets if the user so desires and existing documents open and render beautifully. They are also accessible instantly from device to device via a roaming “most recently used” file list.Within each app, the most important features have been prioritized for mobile scenarios.

Word documents look beautiful, with text, images, footnotes, tables and charts all nicely formatted. One can review documents by tracking changes and adding comments, and then easily share work. Excel spreadsheets bring raw data to life with support for formulas, charts, tables, PivotTables, sorting, filtering and comments. PowerPoint presentations look stunning when ideas are expressed with full support for rich formatting and embedded video, transitions and animations. There’s even a handy format painter tool, built especially for touch.

The current system requirements for Office on Android tablet are: devices of screen sizes 7 inches or larger (a device with screen size greater than 10.1 inches will require an Office 365 subscription to create and edit), with an ARM based processor and 1 GB RAM or above. Today, the Android OS version that is supported is KitKat4.4.x.

While one can use the apps on an Android tablet running Lollipop, it is not supported at this time but will be in a subsequent update. Microsoft is also committed to supporting Android devices with Intel chips via a native implementation that will be available within a quarter.

Office Mobile for Android Smartphones:

Office Mobile is available for Android-based smartphones from OEMs such as Samsung, Micromax, Xiaomi, Lenovo, LG and Sony. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on the phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. While editing or adding comments to a document, the formatting and layout remain intact. When the user returns to their PC or Mac, the document looks like it should.

Office Mobile is designed for people on the go. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents are easily accessed in the cloud via OneDrive or Dropbox. On the phone, the user can see the list of documents recently opened on the computer in the Recent Documents panel–no searching needed. And of course, documents received in email can be viewed and edited easily.

Office Mobile has been optimized for the small screen of the phone to ensure efficiency is not compromised. When reviewing Word documents, the Resume Reading feature takes the user to the exact point in the document where he/she left off on the PC. The new Slide Navigator allows browsing through PowerPoint presentations fast while Speaker Notes help practice on the run.


Office Mobile for Android phones is available free of cost. On tablets, for consumer usage, core featureslike free viewing, creating, printing and light editing are free and premium features require a qualifying Office 365 subscription. For commercial usage on tablets, one needs a qualifying Office 365 subscription for editing and premium features.

Word, Excel and PowerPointcan be downloaded from the Google Play store today free of cost.

For more than two decades now, Microsoft Office has been touching consumers’ lives and has a reach of over 9.2 million subscribers today. With Office for Android, Microsoft looks at enhancing consumer experiences and make their interactions with documents and presentations on Android devices more user-friendly. It is indeed the new-age product that defines the real meaning of accessibility, cost effectiveness, and productivity at one go.

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