Microsoft Office meets Android: New app for smartphones, not tablets

officeandroidMicrosoft this morning released Office Mobile for Android — bringing basic Word, Excel and PowerPoint functionality to Google-powered smartphones, but only for Office 365 subscribers, and not for Android tablets.

The company used the same approach last month when it released Office Mobile for iPhone. The strategy means that Office Mobile is primarily an added benefit for existing Office 365 users. It’s unlikely to attract many new users purely on Android given the $99.99/year price of an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft’s decision not to release the app for Android tablets or the iPad gives Windows 8 tablets, including Microsoft’s own Surface lineup, a continued point of differentiation with those devices.

Features of Office Mobile for Android include fidelity with standard versions of Microsoft Office, keeping formatting and layout the same across devices and computers. Documents sync and stay up to date via Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service.

The app is available for download on the Google Play store.

  • Guest

    Releasing a hobbled form of Office to support Windows is so mid-00s.

    Why even bother? Who’s going to sit there and futz with PowerPoint on a phone (and yes, that include Windows Phone)?

    Releasing for these platforms but only on a tiny phone screen is really a “screw you” to non-Windows users.

    Maybe that worked before but now we can say “screw you” back and use Google Docs, Gmail and Evernote.

    Guess Steve didn’t get that memo. Maybe his Outlook crashed (like mine did AGAIN this morning).