Microsoft makes Word available on Android phones

June 24, 2015
Microsoft followed through on a promise to release versions of its widely used Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphon
Microsoft followed through on a promise to release versions of its widely used Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software

Microsoft on Wednesday followed through on a promise to release versions of its widely used Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs for smartphones running on Google-backed Android software.

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.

The US software titan has applications tailored for use on Android-powered tablets as well as on Apple iPhones or iPads.

"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."

Feedback 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, according to Koenigsbauer.

Microsoft's hope is that having the applications on major mobile platforms will inspire more people to subscribe to its online Office 365 service.

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dogbert
3 / 5 (2) Jun 24, 2015
Office 365 requires the user to store their documents in the cloud with no option for local storage.

When Microsoft announced that it would be providing Office apps for android, I looked forward to it until I discovered that I could not use local storage.

I will continue to use alternate programs like WPS Office on my android device and Microsoft Office Professional (not Office 365) on my computer.

Microsoft has a vision of everyone using the cloud exclusively. Not everyone shares that vision. I certainly don't.
Lex Talonis
3 / 5 (2) Jun 24, 2015
Yes the good old "retarded" Microsoft product lock in...

The pro-choice method.

"Our way or no way."

Too stupid to get it that local document storage is a functional NEED.
verkle
Jun 24, 2015
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Nik_2213
4 / 5 (1) Jun 25, 2015
Hello, Microsoft !!
I do NOT want Word™ with its sprawling, fragile, proprietary DOC files.

I want Notepad™ with its minimal, robust, *portable* text-files.

Hello ? Is anybody there ??
Noumenon
not rated yet Jun 25, 2015
My only compliant is that VBA code does not run on IOS devices.

Office 365 requires the user to store their documents in the cloud with no option for local storage.

I have it and store my docs on my HDD. If I want to view or edit a doc on a mobile device, I store it to a cloud service.
dogbert
4 / 5 (1) Jun 25, 2015
Noumrnon,

I have Office professional on muy computer and do store documents on my hard drive. Did not know if Office 365. Would allow local storage on a computer. I was noting that Office 365 does not allow local storage on a cell phone and is useless to me on Android for that reason.

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