Microsoft Office

Office document viewing and editing on your phone now completely free — no subscription required

Update: The latest version of Office for Android is now in the Play Store, removing the requirement of an Office 365 subscription.

Original story: Alongside the much-awaited announcement of Office for the iPad, Microsoft dropped a bit of a bombshell today by making Office for Android completely free to use on phones. The app itself has always been free, but you needed to have a paid Office 365 subscription in order to make any use of it.

Now it's open to everyone so long as they're using an Android phone (or iPhone), giving you the ability to fully view and edit Microsoft Office documents without any restriction, just as you would expect on a Windows Phone. This is a pretty big step towards getting more folks interested in eventually paying for Office on the desktop, considering the ubiquity of Google Docs and the myriad of other office solutions on mobile devices.

We're still waiting for the update to go live in the Play Store (it just hit the Apple App Store moments ago), but once the latest build is up you will no longer need to log in with an Office 365-linked Microsoft account to edit. Keep your eyes on the Play Store at the link above.

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And thus ends the story of Windows Phone

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dadathepanda says:

Pretty much....

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BigDinCA says:

I hope not. Diversity and options are the keys to innovation for all of us here.

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brendilon says:

Eh. The problem is, WP doesn't innovate.

HHammack1 says:

Says the Google shill who has never even used WP8. WP8 is going nowhere you idiot, and it innovated plenty. It's far better optimized than Android, more elegant, more intuitive, far less fragmented, more secure, and isn't riddled with malware ala Android.

Incredible ironic for a Google shill to claim someone else doesn't innovate. What does Google innovate, unless you consider release buggy products that are in a perpetual beta state.

Warrenisit says:

Wow... Forget your meds bro?

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rkcmd says:

*forgot

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Bwahahahaha says:

*Forget* was correct... but nice try.

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impulse101 says:

Thanks for the info Bill Gates. I am going to run out and buy a Windows Phone because there is Malware in Western Russia on some Android phones there. I can't wait to try the 12 apps available for WP, its going to be great!

jbcreate says:

wake up on the wrong side of the bed did ya?

Your comment also leaves me very confused. WP8 is going nowhere? I couldn't agree more. Elegant? heh, you'd like to think so, intuitive, not so much, fragmented, you got me there, Android has countless phones, with specs ranging from the s5 to the g1 so its understandable that my htc eris isnt running kitkat. secure? that's really all up to the user and what they choose to access.

Google doesnt need to "innovate" in the way you think innovation works, google believes that having the right people, buying the right companies will product great work and products.

That must be why it's doing so well...

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Howard Sylve says:

What crappy android device did you buy?

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VictorWho says:

The diversity and the options will come from Google's Android's partners and what they do with the OS.

MERCDROID says:

I'd like more than one operating system on the market, though. Skinned Android is still Android.

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MERCDROID says:

+9000

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Galen Varon1 says:

Thus is the end to QuickOffice and eventually Google Docs. Nice try Google.

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They will all be compatible with each other so probably not. Now Microsoft has competition in the office so that's a good thing.

HHammack1 says:

Google Docs is no competition to Office. Office dominates it in ever way.

It's not really meant to be though. For basic tasks it works just fine.

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brendilon says:

n the power end, absolutely. Office dominates for power users. Especially with excel.
But most users aren't power users. Most users are the average joes who don't want to pay to make word documents and spreadsheets, in which case, Google Docs is the way to go. And when they have all the casual users knowing their interface, and the pretty impressive document sharing and editing tools, that makes it easier to switch from MS to Google at a corporate level. Especially as Google keeps adding functionality.

bleached says:

Isn't that what Blackberry and Windows Mobile said about iPhone and then Android? Famous last words.

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scouser73 says:

Office dominates Google Docs in everyway? If you mean an over priced office suite that some people simply cannot afford then no, you are wrong. Organisations are seeing that the open sourced & free software suites are actually a boon; http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/customers.html

Then there are government departments who have moved away from using Microsoft Office in favour of LibreOffice; http://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/users/msg33636.html

Google Docs is a major threat to Microsoft Office in every conceivable way you can wrap your head around, hence Microsoft putting it into the hands of iPad & Android users alike.

HARRHARR says:

Exactly. This guy is a troll or something.

And the collaboration Google offers... Don't even have to get into it. It's a ridiculous comparison with anything else on the market considering how far Google has come with it.

impulse101 says:

Haha yeah. That's why I am selling more Google Apps for Business than I do O365. You pretty much are a clueless F

AOSPrevails says:

Mind you Office Mobile still don't work on Tablets.

crxssi says:

EXACTLY

I was wondering how many comments would pass before someone would mention that.

borgdog says:

And it sucks bad on a phone.

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dmedesha says:

Just the 99-bucks-a-year version on the iPad.

HARRHARR says:

"Nice try Google?" I don't get it... Maybe I'm missing something here, but Google Drive (or at least Docs) is absolutely incredible and is utterly unmatched when it comes to collaboration. It definitely has its place.

Except the mobile version of Microsoft office is so watered down that it's useless even if it is free.

HHammack1 says:

LOL! Keep dreaming fanboy.

Nick Rhodes says:

LOL! I can't believe how hippocritical that statement is!

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elvisgp says:

You call out others as fanboys, meanwhile all you do is defend everything microsoft while using ad hominem attacks to bash everything Google.

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techie177 says:

Way to go!!! :) :) :) :) :)

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Marco Giunta says:

Quickoffice still wins for me.

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frettfreak says:

drive gives me everything i need in an office product. no need for anything else. what i find hillarious is that while editing is free on android, iphone (or maybe ipad or both) users have to pay to edit i think!! lmao!!!

still1 says:

+1 I wont install!!! I also have office suite so i am covered for advanced editing

borgdog says:

Unfortunately it too is limited. Try something with a text box in it on either ms office or Quickoffice on Android. Only officesuite pro gets it right.

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vansmack says:

It's there. Not available for tablets yet, which I suspect, like the iPad, will require a 365 subscription, when available.

jestep_97 says:

I don't see it, link?

jestep_97 says:

That app has been there before. But I see it just got updated. I don't think it has the same power as Word/Excel/Powerpoint.

brendilon says:

Of course it doesn't have the same power as W/E/P on Desktop. Nothing in the market does, especially not on mobile.

jestep_97 says:

Well, the iPad versions of the W/E/P are much more powerful than the Mobile Office IOS app. Was hoping they would release those versions for android

brendilon says:

The iPad version is still a Mobile version, it doesn't have the robustness of Desktop.

jestep_97 says:

Not disagreeing with that ;)

vansmack says:

And you have to pay a subscription for the IPAD version. Hence why I said a more robust tablet version for Android tablets isn't available yet, but will likely require a subscription.

Warrenisit says:

Sideload it and see how it works. Some have said it runs great on their Android tablets.

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sequoia462 says:

I think I'll try to sideload it to my Nexus 7 after downloading to my phone.

vansmack says:

Sweet. Kindly report back....

Jabid21 says:

Maybe it will detect dpi settings.
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Edit: have read some success stories. Cool

I sideloaded it on my LG G Pad 8.3. It's very limited. Looks like Google Drive has more features at this point.

mccornwall says:

How sideload? From where?

Install myappsharer on your phone, install office, open myappsharer and share the apk on to dropbox (or similar) Then install on tablet.

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sentinelred says:

Free for personal use, that is.

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Fillyo says:

Aren't most cell phones personal?

someguy01234 says:

It means the license disallow usage for business proposes.

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Sweeet1102 says:

Free app but need subscription... not really free so ?

vansmack says:

You are absolutely correct.

Except for what it says in the headline, byline and story, you nailed it.

tdizzel says:

Me no read, me only comment

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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Lmao

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You need to wait for the update.

LG G2 on 4.4. Kit-Kat

TallyHo says:

What we have here is a failure to actually read the article.

eahinrichsen says:

Who has time for reading?

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MERCDROID says:

HOW DARE THEY QUESTION MY RIGHT TO COMMENT WITHOUT READING!?

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actvesna says:

I installed it on my N5, but when I opened it, it asked me for my 365 subscription.

If you read through the article, you'll see the update to make it free isn't quite available in the Play Store yet :) .

Warrenisit says:

How many people are going to NOT read the article and post this same question?

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twolastnames says:

It asked me for my 364 subscription too ;)

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planoman says:

Cool! I still an to buy a WP 8.1 Nokia device when they come out. I love the lumia cameras.

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bleached says:

Then a few months later Microsoft will announce Windows Phone 9 and you will be stuck with abondonedware.

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Zig261 says:

Well, no reason for me to use Google Drive anymore now. I never seen MS this generous before.

jaimeastin says:

They really are the only group that is playing fair with all parties. I don't care that some may argue that they have too... I like to use services that no matter what device I am on, I can have access to it... If it does not fit that category, they I move... I usually try not to involve myself with them in the first place.

I am really digging Microsoft now and I hope that other companies can follow, especially Google as they use to be so dog gone cool to me.

They can all still make money without screwing the end users. We will choose what services and devices work for us, nut what they try to force us to use.

overfloater says:

Absolutely agreed.

The one that particularly bugs me is Google *actively* screwing over the Win8 Metro interface. No native Google Maps app, actually withdrawing a perfectly functional YouTube app, and killing Exchange ActiveSync support (and thereby sync with MS's Win8 calendar and contacts) in exactly the same month that MS launched the Surface.

I love my Surface Pro but Google has done their damnedest to make it bloody awkward to use their products on it. As if that's going to make me exchange my Surface for a not-remotely-comparable Android tablet...

jkayakj says:

If you have the surface pro.. Just get a desktop calendar app? Also it's on both sides since on macs you can sync calendar bc they built it into their calendar app when Msft refuses to..

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retsaw says:

I see no reason for Google to be nice to Microsoft, a company that was until recently run by a guy who said he would "f*cking kill Google" http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/05/chair_chucking/

But I'm sure they would develop apps for Windows phone if it actually had a decent market share.

And Microsoft hasn't made a version of office for Linux yet, because that would of course enable more businesses to move away from using Windows. They really aren't any better than Google.

Microsoft really has a LOT of changing to do before I'm willing to cut them some slack.

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MERCDROID says:

Your third paragraph is spot on.

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techie177 says:

I agree with that completely.

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ccw1134 says:

I just installed it and I do not have a 365 subscription. I put in my email address and password and am off to the races. I checked out a few things and all seems in order; opening, editing, creating a document from scratch.

sibeans says:

Downloading now!

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jestep_97 says:

Does anyone have the link? I don't see it in the Play store.

The link at the top of this post :)

AlwaysSmile says:

Its live now!!!

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I installed and told me I had no Office 365 active account, then the Play Store told me it had an update, after updating, I was able to sign it. I saw all my onedrive documents and I can confirm you can make Excel and Word documents (not Powerpoint)

I will keep it in my device as another option. I use Onedrive to sync some documents as it offers complete Word and Excel online capabilities and I think this goes well in hand with my solution.

Does it come complete with Word viruses?

Zig261 says:

Not funny man. if you don't like Office. Go back to Google Docs. It's that simple.

Not being funny. There's a reason one shouldn't open word attachments.

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crxssi says:

Exactly.

Which is why documents should be exchanged in *real* open formats.... like ODF or PDF

Huh? Those are crap.

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I'll stick with polaris office that came with my phone. Thanks

TheMimic12 says:

Agreed. I have Polaris, and it works just fine. It does a really good job.
It's the most useful app Samsung had already installed.

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VAVA Mk2 says:

No download for 2012 Nexus 7 :-(

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Or any tablet, actually.

Phones only unfortunately.

VAVA Mk2 says:

You can sideload the apk to tablets! Just extracted the apk from my phone with APK Extractor, uploaded it to my Dropbox, and successfully sideloaded on my Nexus 7 2012. Scales it accurately!

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crxssi says:

Until MS closes that hole by having the app "phone home" for live blacklists and such. I bet it will happen...

Voxophone says:

Just got the update on my HTC One in California. Works for me! :)

Madd54 says:

Can I just take Word for half that free price?

oddom says:

Google docs needs to come to android not this quick office nonsense. But I guess this is cool..but I don't use Microsoft office personally

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jkayakj says:

Google docs is on Android.. Google drive app is there and Quickoffice works seamlessly with it.. All for free and released by Google...

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That is awesome!!!! The Google version of excel sucks and now I get to use the real office woohoo!!!!

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greatgoogly says:

Can't/won't even open password protected *.xlsx files (created in Excel 2013). 3rd party solutions can so I'm thinking that this is intentional on Microsoft's part.

canonBoy says:

Yeah, I noticed that too! Why wouldn't they let you see a password protected document? What's in it for them? Guess I'll still use OfficeSuite Pro for word and excel, but the PowerPoint viewing functionality in this MS Office app is really nice. Haven't really explored other PPT viewing apps, but what I have used in OfficeSuite is pretty clunky...

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They are probably assuming that it's being used for business use if it's password protected

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crxssi says:

Your first hit of crack is free!!!

Awesomeness!

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DJCBS says:

As a current WP user (because of Nokia) I'd like to take this time to thank Microsoft for removing all the possible obstacles that existed for me to jump to Android once Nokia leaves the market.

Next step (which is allegedly being worked on): Xbox Live games on Android.

impulse101 says:

And that is useless now too since the PS4 is 30x superior the Xbox One

DJCBS says:

Lol well I'm a PS guy. I only play Xbox games on the phone actually lol

unrealmp3 says:

Kinda pointless if I can't edit. I'll stay with QuickOffice.

K White1 says:

Way to go, Microsoft! I'll probably work on class assignments using my phone more often, now.

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MERCDROID says:

Thanks for the heads up, Andrew!

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GIkari says:

They just cost themselves a windows device sale, no need now.

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allyn274 says:

Maybe this is an insane question, but using Microsoft Office, you cannot save a document to Google Drive (or any other location). Is that right?

Warrenisit says:

You should be able to save any type of file in Google Drive, I believe. I don't think it cares what type of file as much as how big the file is.

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allyn274 says:

I mean, if I open a file from Google Drive with Microsoft Office and edit that doc, it doesn't appear that I can save it back to Drive. I have to save it to "OneDrive" or SharePoint or something.... That seems like a bummer. Is that right?

How do you sign in/sign up????? Keeps hanging up for me....typical Microsoft

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Warrenisit says:

Read the article!

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Gekko says:

1. no password support.
2. can't browse to local SD folder.

WTF. i'll stick with OfficeSuite Pro.

erwaso says:

I can edit my xcel sheets with Quickoffice. What makes this free ms office better?

dmedesha says:

It just updated. It does ask for an associated email account to access One Drive. Looks like you can create Word and Excel files and it reads Power Point, but I don't see where you can create a new presentation. Will keep poking around.

And Office 365 becomes available for iPad on Friday 28-March. The first 50 people to bring their iPad's in get it for a year free, at least at the Scottsdale, AZ store.

Hargoth says:

I have never really had a 'need' for any Office type products in my 30+ years in Systems Administration.

Maybe once or twice a year I write a memo, which is best in an email now days, and in the old days I would write it in vi.

I really don't get a public need for Office type software ...

crxssi says:

I use vi all the time for editing text files. And gedit too.

But neither is appropriate for complex word processing. And spreadsheets can be very useful. Sounds like you just don't have a very wide job scope. But hey, that's OK. For the rest, it is time to use software that is REALLY free, AND open, AND standards based, AND community driven, AND far more multiplatform:

http://libreoffice.org

cd247 says:

Edit and View. What about create new docs?

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You can create, also

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benhaube says:

In my opinion quick office is still a far better option. It has way more options for formatting of the document and the user interface is much better. Not to mention I CAN USE IT ON MY TABLET! For gods sake Microsoft make it a tablet app! Who wants to edit a spreadsheet on their phone!

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avoidtheecho says:

Now if I could legally get it free on windows

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"app not available in your country"
Bummer

Howard Sylve says:

I feel this maybe a little late, since quick office already creates and edits office documents.

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brichard49 says:

What about Android tablets? When is that going to be available? Office 365, or whatever?

Now I can finally use it! I have a paid Office365 subscription, but the login process for their app was so screwed up that I almost never used it.

saltyzip says:

Doesn't support Nexus 7

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Sideload it...works great on mine

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w8vi says:

Had Office with my old Windows 8 phone and glad to see it now on Android. Just logged in with my outlook email and it synced up with One Drive and laptop. Really appreciate and thanks for the post.

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wildblue says:

Device not compatible?? WTF????

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zackmack7 says:

But it doesn't work on tablets? Not compatible on my Nexus 7. I guess they really just mean Android PHONES, at least for the moment? Who is gonna be typing word documents on their phone?

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Sideloading works, only in portrait mode though.

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aussieacres says:

Microsoft Office for Android. Wow!
Just what I needed to read sample documents in ?? What language?? is that? ?? OMG.....cant even read any of my own docs and files. ..is that really a language in those samples?
Well Microsoft you've done it again, no wonder you are behind the rest of the tech world.....uninstall...goodbye

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Can't get it on Nexus 2013 :(

DROID DATA

patruns says:

No tablet version and useless to me on a phone. Wonder why the iPad got it and Android tablets did not. I didn't think Microsoft had any more love for Apple than it did for Android......

Reed Swain says:

I downloaded it but it will not allow you to use Dropbox to pull your files and folders from. Until that is the case it's not worth much to me because I don't want to have to move all of that from Dropbox over to 1Drive just to please Microsoft.

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gd761 says:

NOT COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR PHONE
What the Hell!
My Phone is Compatible according to the Requirements that are Listed.