Today Microsoft announced that their line of Office applications has made its way to Android smartphones. After launching the first touch-optimized version of Office on the iPad, Microsoft has gradually been building out support for Android. It began with Office for Android first launching as a preview for ARM based tablets running KitKat, with the final release working on Lollipop. Shortly after, Microsoft began supporting Android tablets that use Intel processors, like the Dell Venue 8. Throughout all this, support for Android phones was still absent. With some Android devices having screens that are 6" or even larger, creating a version of Office for them actually made a lot of sense.

With today's release, Microsoft now supports essentially every Android device. Whether your screen is big or small, and your processor ARM or Intel, you'll be able to use Office on your Android device. Microsoft's partnerships with phone manufacturers mean that these apps will also come preloaded on many future smartphones and tablets.

Source: Microsoft Office Blog

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  • p1esk - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - link

    It actually requires you to sign in to MS cloud before you can open a document. No thanks.
  • Coup27 - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - link

    haha, massive fail if that's the case.
  • Thermogenic - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - link

    Not sure why you trust Google with basically all of your data (via using Android phones) and not want to log into Office for Microsoft.
  • p1esk - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - link

    With google, I choose to store my data in the cloud, so I understand why I need to log in. With MS my data is local, and I'm not interested in their online services.
  • Morawka - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    so your one of those guys.. well i'm sure google docs will do you just fine. all hail google right?... am i doing it right?!
  • p1esk - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    I didn't see the "skip" option. I thought MS is forcing everyone to sign up for their cloud. That's what I was complaining about. If the skip option is there, and is clearly visible, then there's no problem, and my original comment is irrelevant.
  • Samus - Thursday, June 25, 2015 - link

    You are an uninformed hypocrite if you have a Gmail account but won't make an account. I trust Microsoft with my data ten-fold over Google, or just about any other fortune 500 company.

    It wasn't so long ago (5 years) that Google's encryption keys were hacked WITH AMATEUR SOCIAL ENGINEERING by Chinese Hackers.

    Of course nobody remembers it, because Google, having as much power over the Internet as they do, buried every article related to the breach.
  • Alexvrb - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - link

    Half the Android users I know are clueless as to how Google even makes money in the first place. Security issues are utterly foreign to them.
  • sor - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - link

    This is utter nonsense. It has nothing to do with the accounts I do have and how the companies use my data. I'm well aware of that and make those decisions as an informed individual. However, not everyone wants 80 accounts. Any time some app or site wants me to create a new account just to do some mundane thing I skip. I realize also that this particular case let's you skip signup. I'm just addressing the faulty premise that anyone who doesn't want a new account for every service must be ignorant.
  • Smudgeous - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - link

    Not true. Using 360 simply gives access to additional features:

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