Office Apps for Android Handsets Exit Preview

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 0 Comments

Office Apps for Android Handsets Exit Preview

The first non-preview versions of Microsoft’s Office apps for Android handsets—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—are now available from the Google Play Store. These apps now run on a wide variety of Android phones and tablets, and provide experiences similar to what we see on iPhone and iPad.

There’s no official announcement about these releases yet: I found out about them from Mary Jo Foley.

But you can download the apps using the following links.

Microsoft Word for Android

Microsoft Excel for Android

Microsoft PowerPoint for Android

In addition to these apps, Microsoft also makes related Outlook and OneNote aps, though they are at different stages of development, with OneNote being the most mature of the lot. And of course, Microsoft makes other Android productivity apps, including Office Lens, Office Remote, and more.

The Office apps for Android have been released in stages and have trailed the related iPhone and iPad releases for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the diversity of the Android ecosystem makes development more complicated. In May, Microsoft released the Office apps for Android handsets in preview form. (The original non-preview release for Android tablets happened back in January.) Collectively, these apps release the old Office Mobile hub app.

Microsoft is also testing Office universal apps for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, and has said that this software will ship concurrently with Windows 10. Which, as we now know, is July 29.

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