Office for Android is also on Microsoft's To Do list - and may not be far off

by Mike Lata

April 1 2014

After last week's blockbuster release of Microsoft Office apps for iPad, many Android users were left wondering if Microsoft was going to throw some Office love their way as well rather than have to continue to rely on various offshoot productivity apps on the Google Play store. 

The answer is yes, Microsoft has made it clear it plans to bring Office to Android tablets.

At last week’s news briefing announcing Office for iPad, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft plans on making Office cross-platform including to Android devices.

But does that mean a lesser version for Android users or the full touch-friendly that iPad received?

Microsoft exec John Case made it clear it means the latter.

“Let me tell you conclusively: Yes, we are also building Android native applications for tablets for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We haven’t picked a date that we can stand behind yet, but they’re coming. We are committed to doing it,” Case told Geekwire.

(Also see: Microsoft updates Office for Android and Office - Free app to edit and view Office docs)

Despite no actual date being announced, signs are already showing we can expect it soon. Microsoft has just released Outlook Web App (OWA) for Android devices that relies on the Office 365 subscription. And this shows that Microsoft is clearly pushing Office 365 subscriptions and support on Android as well as the iPad. Further compatibility across both platforms and integration with more apps should be expected.

Keep in mind that OWA is also available for the iPad on the App Store and was updated just last month. This shows that Microsoft is putting effort into both platform and integrating apps across them with Office 365 support.

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