Microsoft Office Mobile for Android Arrives

Paul Lilly

Office and Android join forces

Office Mobile was always destined to land on Android . Last November, Microsoft rolled out a new version of Office Mobile preinstalled on all Windows 8 devices, and then in June, Office Mobile for iPhone came to Office 365 subscribers as an added bonus. Now Android users who are Office 365 subscribers can receive the same benefit at no additional charge, allowing them to tweak their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from just about anywhere.

The app is a free download away from the Google Play Store . To use it, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 University subscribers also qualify, as do a few other users .

As the official companion to Office, the mobile version should "look great" on your mobile device. It supports charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. You can make edits and/or add comments without breaking the format or layout of the document, and when you return to your PC or Mac, everything should look correct.

There's also a sharing feature built into the mobile app, allowing you to edit documents and share them right from your phone.

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