From now on, all three popular mobile applications of the office package Microsoft – Word, Excel and PowerPoint – were made available to owners of smartphones running Android for free download from the Google Play as a final release. Before that, they were distributed only as “probes» Technical Preview, although the version for Android-plates even officially out last winter. Redmond company has positioned itself updated Office as a substitute still Office Mobile, which functioned only with a subscription to Office 365 cost $ 10 a month or $ 100 a year.
Now, if you use Office on Android-smartphone is enough to have a valid or register a new free Account Microsoft. It gives access to all the basic features of applications, including viewing, editing and creation of documents in the local storage devices and cloud storage. This is supported not only corporate OneDrive, and third-party services – Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.
In general, the functionality of Office applications for smartphones remained the same as in the tablet edition and the main changes were the interface that has been adapted for the small screen diagonal. In addition, it is alleged that the package contains some improvements in accordance with the wishes of users to test the preview version. According to Microsoft, the program was attended by the holders of more than 1,900 different models of smartphones from 83 countries.
However, the applications remain some additional features, which still require a paid subscription to Office 365 . In addition, in accordance with the system requirements of the program can be installed only on those machines that are equipped with at least 1 GB of RAM and running the Android operating system version 4.4.x or higher (Android M thus is not supported).
According to Microsoft, the new Office Mobile will be included in the basic software of smart phones more than 30 producers from around the world, including Samsung, LG, Sony and others. Many of these devices will be available later this year.
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