Microsoft has released a new app that will introduce its Office suite to Android. The app can be downloaded free from the Google Play Store, though the catch lies elsewhere. The app can only be accesses by those who have subscribed to Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium and ProPlus services. Also, the app will only be of relevance to smartphones users as the same is yet to be launched for tablet devices, though it is the latter community that could have benefited the most given the larger screen area. Further, the app will only work on devices running Android 4.0 and higher.
Also, the Office for Android app will not allow all the operations that one is used to doing with the Office suite in a PC. Rather, the app can be seen to play only a supporting role where users can carry on with their work on Office documents such as editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files that won’t alter the formatting or the data. Also, users won’t have to be connected to the internet to carry on with the editing and the files will be saved once the user is online. Another cool feature of the app is that it will allow the user to create new Word and Excel files on the smartphones. Users will be able to save the changes at SkyDrive or send it via email.
Subscribing to Office 365 demands an annual fee of $100 and will allow the users to install the Office app on up to five devices, which includes PCs, smartphones, and even Macs. Microsoft’s move to introduce an Office app to Android comes soon after its iOS version was launched a few weeks ago. You can download it today from the Good e-Reader Android App Store.