Microsoft Launches Office for Android Phones. Android tablets have to wait.

Microsoft office is already released for iPhone, but Microsoft Office for Android  was only rumored. Today the Microsoft rolled out the version for the Google mobile operating system i.e Android. The app went live today in the Google Play store, but there are a few points to be remembered.

The Microsoft Office app for Android is free, but users must be Office 365 customers — a service being provided by Microsoft which charges per month or annually, depending on the plan one chooses.

Installation is easy — customers can do so from the web, which displays a drop-down list of devices which it supports, or straight from the device. If you choose the former then you will be greeted with a list of all of your Android products. My tablets were grayed out. It seems the app is only for phones. In fact, only for phones running Ice Cream Sandwich and newer.

Once the app is installed, you need to agree to the usual terms of service. Then comes the point — you need an Office 365 subscription. If you purchased one for your home computers then you are fine, otherwise you have a problem here. We assume you have it and continue on. Log in with your email and password and get started.

Now with the app open, you will find a list of the docs you have saved, but only those saved to SkyDrive — do not expect to find your locally stored docs.

The top of the screen contains three options, consisting of the aforementioned files, creating new documents and searching other locations.

The app will only allow for the access of Word and Excel files and templates, and Settings gives access to rather basic information, most of which will be familiar to Office customers.

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