Jul 2nd, 2014


Microsoft has been taking their sweet time to make sure Office for Android is just right. If you aren’t satisfied with the current lackluster experience or alternatives like Google Drive and its suite of document editing apps, then you’ve had your eye on Office for quite some time. Thankfully it appears we’re not far from seeing a full release.

Microsoft has started inviting people to try out Office for Android through their SharePoint registration site. Users can sign up for either home or business, and can expect access to the following wide range of Microsoft apps and services (should they have the appropriate subscription, anyhow):

The family of products include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Visio, Access, Publisher and Outlook applications, as well as the Exchange, SharePoint and Project server products and cloud services.

Microsoft recently made their phone-bound Office apps free to download and use, though functionality was limited to just viewing and editing Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. It also doesn’t provide a neat interface for tablets. The new Android apps (which you’ll need an Office 365 subscription for) should closely mirror what iOS users are enjoying right now, which would be a clean and smooth touch-friendly user interface that makes it easy to whip around documents on a decent-sized tablet.

If you’ve been jonesing for this release and wouldn’t mind giving it a try you can head to Microsoft’s site right here to apply. It’s no guarantee, but you might as well give it a shot and see if Microsoft can’t hook you up before they deliver the goods to everyone else.

[via The Verge]

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