Office Mobile for Android smartphones looks great on the HTC One (Gallery)

Office Mobile for Android smartphones looks great on the HTC One (Gallery)

Summary: Microsoft continues to roll out Office Mobile for different platforms and today we see the launch for Android smartphones. With the largest smartphone displays, Android is a perfect platform for working with Office files on the go.

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  • Office Mobile comes to Android smartphones

    Mary Jo already posted about the release of Office for Android smartphones and Larry offered up his thoughts on the new software. Since I previously posted a side-by-side gallery of Office Mobile for the iPhone compared to the native Office Mobile client on Windows Phone 8 I wanted to also give you a look at Office Mobile for Android smartphones.

    As you can see in this short screenshot gallery, Microsoft was able to bring the same experience seen on Windows Phone 8 devices and the iPhone to Android smartphones. Given that Android smartphones have the largest displays of these three smartphone platforms, I think users may find the Android version the most useful of all.

    A key difference between what I have on my new Nokia Lumia 1020 and what we get with the iPhone and Android phones is that an Office 365 subscription is required on iOS and Android while Windows Phone owners get native Office without requiring the service.

    I am running Office Mobile on my fantastic HTC One, I still believe it is the best smartphone I have ever used, and it looks great. I felt squeezed by the small iPhone display, but that is not the case on the 1080p 4.7 inch HTC One display. The layout for some editing tools and menus are a bit different on each platform and I personally find that iOS and Android are a bit more refined and user friendly.

    Those of us who have been around the mobile world for a while will remember paying upwards of $50 for applications that allowed us to work with word documents and spreadsheets and I remember long discussions and comparisons about getting chart support in those apps. Office Mobile on today's modern smartphones functions well and is an incredible value for those who need native Office support.

    It is nice to have Office functionality on all my different smartphones and while some people are happy with services like Google Docs or even the new Quip word processor nothing beats having the ability to jump in and edit native Office files. Microsoft is a software company at its core and I think this is a smart move to finally get Office on all mobile platforms.

  • Editing a Word document on Android

Topics: Mobility, Android, Microsoft, Smartphones

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  • for those who don't have

    office 365, you don't need MS office and I'd recommend OfficeSuite Pro 7. Free, but $5 for optional font pack which I am going to purchase to support the developer. Was just updated with the Navbar recently. Very slick using the android style guidelines. I don't really do much except view the occasional attachment if on the road. Has skydrive (formerly) intergration too.
    drwong
  • for those who don't have

    office 365, you don't need MS office and I'd recommend OfficeSuite Pro 7. Free, but $5 for optional font pack which I am going to purchase to support the developer. Was just updated with the Navbar recently. Very slick using the android style guidelines. I don't really do much except view the occasional attachment if on the road. Has skydrive (formerly) intergration too.
    drwong
  • I don't get why somebody would use Office Mobile

    Seriously, Office 365 had a subscription fee and Google docs is free with Google Drive and yet it has more functionality than Office 365 Mobile.
    slickjim
    • And when you're Off-line

      That Google Apps subscription comes with something sub-par.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Looks Good

    I would look into this if it did not require a subscription.
    Thanks for the review.

    You are correct, it is a very good phone (HTC One Stealth)
    rhonin
  • Good

    It's good MS in back to its roots in bringing MS Office to other platforms not just Windows

    In the 80s MS Word was running on Mac, Atari and Amiga
    ThinkFairer8