Microsoft has officially launched Office for Android, ending weeks of the preview programme. The app is free to download and use, although it only has basic word processing capabilities unless the user has an Office 365 subscription.
The suite of apps are listed as separate downloads, for people who might only need one or the other. Word for Android, Excel for Android, and Powerpoint for Android are all available through the Google Play store. Microsoft is also making it possible for Chinese users without the access to Google Play to get the apps through Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, CMCC, and through the Samsung Galaxy Store worldwide.
Office for Android is Microsoft expanding the reach of its eco-system beyond Windows, and will also include integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box cloud storage – for those who don’t want to use Microsoft’s OneDrive.
Microsoft Office for Android is being rolled out for 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries, and should be available on most major brands.