Microsoft releases Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android tablets. On January 21st Microsoft previewed versions of Office for Windows 10 fully optimized for touch and mobile devices. Today, Microsoft announce the general availability of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets.
|Microsoft releases Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android tablets|
Similar to Office for Windows 10, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets are built from the ground up for touch and are perfect for mobile productivity. Microsoft designed these apps-for touch, on the go and tuned for Android tablets.
Microsoft designed these apps to be unmistakably Office, while optimized for Android tablets. Users will immediately feel familiar with the Office ribbon. Large touch points make it easy for even the fattest of fingers to navigate commands. External keyboards can be connected but certainly aren't needed. Existing documents open and render beautifully and are accessible instantly from device to device via a roaming "most recently used" file list.
Within each app, Microsoft prioritized the most important features for mobile scenarios. Word documents look beautiful, with text, images, footnotes, tables and charts all nicely formatted. You can review documents by tracking changes and adding comments, and then easily share your work. Excel spreadsheets bring raw data to life with support for formulas, charts, tables, PivotTables, sorting, filtering and comments. PowerPoint presentations look stunning when your 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 KitKat .4.x. While you 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.