Microsoft’s revamped Office app for Android is now out, combines PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and OneDrive
Microsoft Office on Android has always been incredibly useful for modifying documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go. While Google’s own suite of apps, namely Docs, Sheets and Slides, could do the job most of the time, Microsoft’s apps served better for offline editing as they worked mostly the same as the Microsoft Office suite of apps that could be used on Windows 10 and other desktop operating systems, which is what you’re probably using if you’re carrying offline documents anyway. You could download Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint for doing all of the productivity tasks you might want to do, but given how they’re slimmer versions of the desktop apps and each app takes a considerable amount of space by themselves, Microsoft thought it viable to unify all of them under a single umbrella. And so they did.
Now, the new Microsoft Office app unifies these 3 apps as well as OneDrive, Microsoft’s own cloud storage service and a competitor of Google Drive. In fact, the whole app is actually pretty similar to what Google Drive was pre-2014: you could display and edit documents from the Google Drive app without requiring separate apps whatsoever. Microsoft’s Office app actually goes the opposite way and unifies everything under one single app. This is actually good: if you’re anything like me, you probably have a whole bunch of Microsoft apps installed, so all this does is cut down on bloat.
Other features include synchronizing with your computer’s Notes application, a variation of the Office Lens scanner, as well as a QR code reader in case your phone doesn’t have one. Android Police points out that the app does not have built-in support for tablets, which is a bummer as the dedicated apps actually supported tablets pretty well–and also provided a comfortable experience for those using Microsoft Office on Chrome OS. This is actually the kind of app that could benefit from tablet support, so it could be a matter of time before we see an update coming.
The app is now officially out of beta, so you should go ahead and give it a look.