Microsoft released preview versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android a few months ago. Now the company says they’re ready for prime time.
Office for Android tablets is now available for free.
Some features such as change tracking in Word, synchronizing documents with other devices, or use the apps on tablets with screens larger than 10.1 inches requires an Office 365 subscription.
Microsoft says its mobile Office apps should run on devices with Android 4.4 or later, 1GB of RAM or more, and ARM-based processors. Support for Intel chips is in the works and Microsoft says it plans to add support for Intel-based tablets within the next few months.
These new apps join OneNote for Android in Microsoft’s suite of Office apps for Android devices.
Microsoft is hardly the only company offering office apps for Android. Free and paid alternatives from SoftMaker, Polaris, Google, Kingsoft, OfficeSuite, Docs to Go, and others have been available for years. But if you want to be certain that your text, spreadsheet, or presentation documents created on your desktop will look right on your tablet, or vice versa, it’s nice to have the option of using official Microosft Office apps.