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Not long after launching Office apps for tablet, Microsoft decides to bring it to the Android smartphones as well. The tech giant has released the preview version of the apps for Android handsets.
The applications will be accessible via Google Play Store’s beta channel. In case you wish to try out the apps, you will first have to join the Microsoft Office Preview community on G Plus. Once joined, you need to become a beta tester in order to try out the app. Wait for Google Play to replicate permissions. This process may take up to 4 hours. You can then click the download links to install the desired office apps using Google Play Store.
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Why Preview and not the final version?
That’s one of the questions you might probably be having at the back of your mind. But, there’s definitely a reason for Microsoft launching the preview version and not the final product. When available as a preview, the users are free to try out the app, and accordingly put forth their feedback, which helps in improvising the app even further, thereby making it bug-free. For now, you only get to enjoy the preview of the apps. However, in the weeks to come, you can surely expect the functionality of the tablet version (such as editing and creating) coming to your smarthphone. As of now, the apps will support phones loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat and above.
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How would you benefit?
At work or on a holiday, no matter where you are, the Microsoft office apps would help you keep the productivity going. Features such as easily accessible charts and tables make your spreadsheets and presentations even more interesting.
Once done with editing the documents, you can then save them on the cloud using your phone alone. Dropbox, Google drive, OneDrive, SharePoint: all of these additional applications make things a lot easier.
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The above is the screen shot of the Office Apps for Android Phone. It seems like these apps can be viewed just like the way they are viewed on the desktop, except the fact that you get to work on a slightly smaller screen.
But, that shouldn’t be a problem when you get to do almost everything you did on your office computer. So, if there’s a presentation that’s incomplete, and you’ve already left office, there is no reason to panic. You can still work on it using your phone while you are on your way back home.
As discussed earlier in the article, the Office Mobile App will be available in the app store as a preview version. Microsoft will disclose more about its plan for the app later this year while it announces the availability of the full-version of the apps.