office for android

Microsoft could be very close to launching its long-awaited full and touchscreen-friendly versions of its Office clients for Android devices, with a new report claiming that the release might happen sometime in early November.

The report comes from ZDNet's usually reliable Mary Jo Foley, who cites unnamed sources. Microsoft already has versions of Office software for Android available for free, but they don't contain the full list of features compared to the Windows and Mac desktop clients, such running macros or handling mail merges. The current Android ports also cannot be used without an Internet connection.

In March, Microsoft launched full versions of Office apps like Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Apple's iPad. It's likely that the launch of the Android versions will follow the business model for the iPad ports; they are free to download and can be used to read documents, but editing and creation require a subscription to Microsoft's Office 365 service, which can be purchased for as low as $6.99 a month.

It will be interesting to compare the full Android versions of Office with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Would you pick Microsoft's or Google's programs for your Android productivity needs?

Source: ZDNet