As the company behind a major smartphone platform, Microsoft’s making a name for itself by not keeping its best software and features locked down behind OS lines, going to quite some effort to offer both Android and iOS users access. Cortana may be the latest to set out on that cross-platform journey, but the defining undertaking along those lines has been Microsoft’s ongoing work towards bringing its Office suite to mobile users everywhere. Last month we learned about some big progress happening over on Android, as a newly refreshed app suite debuted for Android smartphones. At the time the software was still in a preview release, and testing it required signing up first. Today that finally changes, as Microsoft takes Office out of preview and makes its apps generally available for Android phones.
If you registered to test Office for Android last month, you already know what to expect: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are all available as separate apps, offering users the ability to create, view. and edit their documents on the go. Since first starting its preview, Microsoft has implemented a number of improvements suggested by users, including improved integration with popular file-sharing tools.
All three apps are free to download, so if you frequently find yourself dealing with Office documents in your personal or professional life, go ahead and get this suite loaded up on your phone, ready to go.