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Office 365 subscribers get Office Mobile for Android phones

Office 365 subscribers get Office Mobile for AndroidLast November, we delivered a brand new version of Office Mobile, preinstalled on all Windows Phone 8 devices. In June, we released Office Mobile for iPhone as a unique benefit for Office 365 subscribers.

Today, we are launching Office Mobile for Android phones in the United States at no additional charge for Office 365 subscribers. This means that Office 365 subscribers can now work on their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere–using their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android phones.1

Office Mobile for Android phones can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. To use the app, you need a qualifying Office 365 subscription, including Office 365 Home Premium or Office 365 ProPlus (you can find the complete list of qualifying subscriptions here). Office Mobile for Android phones is initially available in the United States, with more countries coming on board over the next several weeks.

So what’s great about Office Mobile for Android phones?

A true Office experience

Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. When you make edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and layout remain intact. When you return to your PC or Mac, your document looks like it should.

Easy access

Office Mobile is designed for people on the go.  We made it easy to access your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in the cloud on SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro.  When you’re on your phone, you’ll see the list of documents you recently opened on your computer in the Recent Documents panel–no searching needed. And of course, you can view and edit documents you receive in email.

Designed for the phone

Office Mobile has been optimized for the small screen of your phone so you can get things done efficiently.  When reviewing Word documents, the Resume Reading feature takes you to the exact point in the document where you left off on your PC so you don’t waste time searching. The new Slide Navigator lets you browse through PowerPoint presentations fast while Speaker Notes help you practice on the run. 

Sharing built-in

Edit documents and share them right from your phone. You can review comments in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own.  When you’re done, you can save the file back to SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro or just send it as an email attachment.

Go ahead and download Office Mobile from the Google Play store.

If you want to try Office Mobile for Android phones, but don’t have an Office 365 subscription, you can sign up for a free 30 day Office 365 trial at http://www.office.com/. And of course, if you’re already using a Windows Phone, then Office Mobile is already installed on your phone.

Want to learn more? You can find more details in the Office 365 Tech blog.

–Julia White

 1Compatible phone and WiFi or mobile network connectivity required. See office.com/mobile.

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26 comments
  1. When will it be available for tablets? and in Australia?

    • Hi R, we plan to release the app in Australia within the next several weeks.
      We built Office Mobile for Android phones to ensure a great Office experience when using a small screen device. If you have an Android tablet, we recommend using the Office Web Apps which provide the best Office experience on a tablet.

      • Oh sweet so on my Surface I should just cancel my 365 subscription and use the free apps. Thanks! I guess I didn’t even need to buy a surface I could have bought a cheap Nexus 7 and used Web Apps.

          • I have the new nexus 7 and the web apps dont work on it. Explain to me again why us tablet people cant have a office app as well for when we are on the go and why we are forced to use web apps that dont work?

  2. Amazing! Thank you so much…already installed it on my Galaxy S3 with Verizon. Could you work on making it compatible with tablets…namely my Nexus 7? Would appreciate it. I hope to also see Outlook.com app turn into Outlook and support all email addresses, hopefully syncing settings with Outlook for PC. OneNote is a great app for Android that you’ve had for quite a while as well…you’re doing a great job, please keep it up!

  3. Too bad, all of my Android devices (meeting the specs) are "not compatible with any of your devices" :-(

  4. What possible reason can you have for preventing Canadians from downloading this?

    • @Adam, we are making sure everything goes smoothly for you by letting us poor Americans work out the kinks first :-). It’s coming to Canada and other markets in the next several weeks, so stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

  5. Please include Mexico on the next available batch, we already use office365 services and would love to be able to work with this app

  6. How come it does not work with my Nexus 10? I think the tablet would be the way to go with this. We use Office 365 in our new start-up company and prefer android devices.

  7. Once again the international community are treated like second class citizens. The excuse of letting the USA work out the "kinks" is pretty weak. If you were really working out the kinks you’d have done so in a way smaller market than the US. No doubt the real reason is something else, and If it commercially sensitive then I think most people would understand. But I think you’re insulting our intelligence to say you’re working on kinks with such a key market.

  8. Why doesn’t this work on the new Nexus 7? signing in for the web version takes you back to the old Outlook Web Access rather than the new office 365 look. it seems crazy that there is no decent way to look at my office 365 mail on this brand spanking new tablet.

    • Your luckey. for me it takes me to skydrive.

  9. Why Microsoft make us wait for the app to be available in other countries, its really unfair

  10. LoadedQuestion, I suspect the real reason has to do with government issues more than anything else. For example, if there is encryption in the software then the US government has laws that control export and foreign governments likely have laws controlling import. So, it cannot simply be posted to the world to download if there is strong encryption. There might be other business reasons, but I’m quite certain it has nothing to do with testing it in the US and I’m pretty sure MS would love to rake in additional revenue around the world. So, there must be valid business or legal reasons.

  11. John Mancini, it cannot be installed on last year’s Nexus 7, either. Apparently, MS did a half-baked job and did not design for tablets at all. Of course, there is a heading above that tipped us off ("Designed for the phone"). Microsoft almost lured me into a subscription, but blew it when I cannot use my Nexus 7.

  12. Please explain why you can not launch outside of the US.

    • Hi Eric, we’ll launch the app in other markets in the next several weeks. Launching the app in one market makes it easier for us to test if the app works well on the multitude of Android phones out there. If we find an issue, we can fix it before launching in other markets. Thanks for your patience, Eric!

  13. I don’t get why some of you are complaining about the nexus not working with this app. Your problem is the fact that you didn’t buy a surface. Android is for play. Windows is for work and productivity. I mean, the Android app store is literally called, "Google Play."

  14. Office 365 on the Laptop/ Desktop/ Nokia Lumia 920 works reeeal smooooth. Its actually better than the 2010 release, with every component improved, thus justifying the migration from older Office versions. Just as its meant to be!

    Can’t wait to run it on the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab, even though I don’t use it so much anymore since its the GT P1000 which only has a single-core Processor, a mere 512 MB RAM and therefore, is terribly slow overall…

    • too bad you cant, microsoft seems to have a thing against tablets that arent windows. I went and bought the nexus 7 planing to use it with office. But wait, I cant. They want me to use the web apps that don’t work either. This was not well planned. Why can’t Microsoft see that what the tablet user wants is a app for office that works, not like the web apps that don’t.

  15. la probare pues instalarla es dificil

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