Microsoft is expanding the support for its Office 365 applications suite to the Android platform, now allowing the users of the popular mobile operating system to edit Microsoft Office document from any smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later. Announced shortly after the debut of the Office suite for iPhone, the new Office 365 is for the time being available exclusively for the Android-powered smartphones.
Because the Redmond-based giant has not made available a free version of the Office 365 package, the users will have to sign in with an Office 365 paid subscription. If you are not subscribed to Microsoft Office 365, then we have bad news for you as you will not be able to use the Microsoft Office Mobile for Office 365 suite.
Just like the iPhone version, Office 365 for Android comes with a tab that allows the user to open recently accessed documents and, in the same time, create new Word or Excel documents. Moreover, the interface of the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications has been optimized for the best results on the small screen of a mobile device.
Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t seem to have any plans of bringing the Office for Android package on your tablets. Anyway, the company recommends the tablet owners to use the Office Web Apps collection, available from the web browser.
Just like the Office solutions for Windows Phone and iOS, the applications included in the Office 365 package for Android only come with basic document editing options, useful when it comes to modifying text fields, formatting adjustments, and taking notes.
Stored in the cloud using the SkyDrive online storage service, the documents can be quickly sent as email attachments and shared between devices using the app’s interface for Android.
The Office 365 package for Android is now available for download in Google Play, for the time being only for the US users, but soon also for other regions of the globe, translated in not less than 33 languages.