Today Microsoft announced that their line of Office applications has made its way to Android smartphones. After launching the first touch-optimized version of Office on the iPad, Microsoft has gradually been building out support for Android. It began with Office for Android first launching as a preview for ARM based tablets running KitKat, with the final release working on Lollipop. Shortly after, Microsoft began supporting Android tablets that use Intel processors, like the Dell Venue 8. Throughout all this, support for Android phones was still absent. With some Android devices having screens that are 6" or even larger, creating a version of Office for them actually made a lot of sense.

With today's release, Microsoft now supports essentially every Android device. Whether your screen is big or small, and your processor ARM or Intel, you'll be able to use Office on your Android device. Microsoft's partnerships with phone manufacturers mean that these apps will also come preloaded on many future smartphones and tablets.

Source: Microsoft Office Blog

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  • PubFiction - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - link

    MS has actually had office running on android for a long time. I really don't know what is unique about this other than its some sort of official launch. I have been using MS office since my galaxy note 3. That said the whole point of polar office etc... Is only for people to view their MS office documents once people learn about MS office the official solution they will probably all bail on polar office or any other competitor that charges money just like how no one uses lotus or word perfect anymore. The only solutions that have a chance are completely free solutions like docs. The problem with docs is that its not very feature rich, google started out like crazy on docs then they just sort of slowed down to a crawl, didn't bother addressing major issues etc... Its kinda funny I used to sort of hate MS because of the way they treated customers and the way they seemed so slow to react but after google got big they started being just like MS and Apple did the same. It seem that large companies just art not capable of reacting and building quickly. They are like elephants.

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