This is a key step by Microsoft, preview versions of the big three from the Office suite are available for Android Tablets. Not final versions, but worth exploring. So far I have installed them on my old Nexus 7 (with KitKat). I’ve done a few basic tasks in Word, but haven’t checked them out in full (report next week)
If you want to try them out use the links below to get to the Google Play Store
- MS Word for Android Tablet Preview
- MS Excel for Android Tablet Preview
- MS PowerPoint for Android Tablet Preview
When you get to the Google play store search also for OneDrive and OneNote (There is even OneNote for Android Wear!)
If you are on any other device you are already catered for MS Office for most devices
So why is this a big deal?
As Office 365 and SharePoint online start to get some traction, users will want to work with content in the field. Android tablets are a cost effective way for business to provide a handy, but functional tool. While there are third party apps for working with Office files, I found this a mixed success and the lack of these apps is what lead me to moving to a windows tablet (and the cost of basic windows tablets becoming competitive).
So when the final apps are released, companies can give staff a good android tablet and use Office 365 (and bank the money they saved vs buying i-Pads).