Office for Android tablet demo goes public, available on Google Play

Microsoft Office logoThe Office for Android tablet apps moved another step toward release today as Microsoft announced that anyone who wants to try them out can download them from the Google Play store.

The system requirements for the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preview apps have relaxed somewhat since the initial beta; they support both KitKat and Lollipop running on ARM-powered tablets between 7 and 10.1 inches in size. Users who download the apps can offer feedback through the Office for Android community on Google+.

Office for Android

Our initial preview of the software uncovered few surprises, particularly if you're already familiar with the iPad versions of the apps released early last year. They're full versions of the Office applications that maintain compatibility with documents created in the desktop versions, and they offer editing capabilities somewhere in between the Android phone version of Office and the standard Windows apps. Built-in OneDrive and Dropbox support syncs files between devices, and the UI has been simplified to work well with fingers.

The final release of the Office for Android tablet apps is coming some time this year. Revamped iPad and iPhone versions of the software are already available, and a touch-optimized version of Office for Windows tablets is supposedly due for release at around the same time as Windows 10.

Source: CDRinfo

Tags: Android, Microsoft, Microsoft Office

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