Back in June we saw Microsoft begin making some headway towards bringing Office to competing platforms, and witnessed the arrival of an iOS port of Office for the iPhone. While this was progress, we were also wondering when the same sort of package might become available for Android users. Today we get our answer, with Microsoft releasing Office Mobile for Android phones.
That’s “phones,” specifically, because just like the iOS version, this one isn’t designed for tablet-sized displays. It’s also – just like on iOS – a subscription-only app, meaning there’s no way to pay once and always have Office on your phone; in order to use the apps, you’ll have to be a current Office 365 subscriber, which means home users will be paying about $100 a year.
While we’re not any bigger fans of that pricing structure now than we were in June, we had no illusions that anything would change for Android. To be fair, that subscription price buys you a lot more than simply mobile app access, but it still might be too much to ask for users only casually interested in Office on their phones.
If you’re still curious, you can sign up for a 30-day free Office 365 trial, just to see if it’s worth it for you.