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Almost a year ago, Microsoft released Office Mobile for Android phones to the Play Store. The caveat, of course, was that it required an Office 365 subscription in order to use the application, which was kind of a bummer.

Fast-forward to today, and you may have heard that Office is finally available for the iPad – a rumor that we've seen come and go several times over the last couple of years. That's not all Microsoft had up its sleeve, however, because today's change also affects Android users in a positive way.

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As of now, Office Mobile is completely free to use for "home use." That means no more Office 365 requirements, and the app is totally free. The downside, of course, is that it's still just for Android phones. Perhaps Microsoft is working on something similar to Office for iPad for Android tablets – only time will tell (but I wouldn't hold my breath).

In the meantime, however, you can get to editing on your phone as much as you want.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    Guess MS finally got fed up with Google taking a chunk out of it's document editing pie.

    • DaveCXT

      Problem is, MS did a poor job of showing them up. If I create a word document, I expect to at least be able to do Paragraph and Font formatting.

  • Scott Hendry

    use Office to edit files from my 1TB of Drive storage? lolz

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Keyword "on Android Phones"

    Okay, Microsoft - WHERE IS A TABLET-COMPATIBLE VERSION!? DAFUQ?

    • Owen Finn

      Download the APK above. Profit.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well it is a solution but not an official one...

    • Owen Finn

      Download the APK above. Profit.

  • Eldmor

    For some reason my phone is listed incompatible (Nexus 4 & CM11 / Finland)

    • Koadic

      It installed on my phone just fine (Nexus 4, PA 4.2-2 / USA)

    • Martial Clausse

      I'm on a nexus 4, stock ROM, in Belgium and I could install it.
      They probably didn't unlock Finland yet...

      • jani jokela

        its available in finland i just download it (moto g)

    • Sandeep Singh Thukral

      Same here. My phone (S3, CM11, Netherlands) is compatible, but my tablet (Nexus 7 2013, Stock, Netherlands) is marked incompatible.

      • http://www.rebelwithoutaclue.com/ Rebel without a Clue

        Tablets are incompatible, just sideload the apk and you'll be fine

  • Bill

    How can we get this on our tablets?

    • Jeremy Miller

      Just sideloaded onto my Nexus 7 (2013) and it scaled quite nicely.

      • Bill

        Thanks!

      • Bill

        Thanks!

      • Vitaly Streltsov

        nexus 10 -- works great. Scrolling is much smoother than in Smart Office and Quickoffice.
        Thank u

        • gadgety

          That's it? Smoother scrolling. Nothing more?

          • Vitaly Streltsov

            I think, that's the only advantage..
            No options or settings available at all.
            Smart office displays equations, this MSOffice doesn't..

      • Vitaly Streltsov

        nexus 10 -- works great. Scrolling is much smoother than in Smart Office and Quickoffice.
        Thank u

    • Jeremy Miller
      • supremekizzle

        Virus?

        • Jeremy Miller

          Uhhh no? What is saying virus?

          • supremekizzle

            Just asking if the download is safe, because it's not from the play store.

          • Jeremy Miller

            Ah no it is just the file pulled from my GS4

      • MeanDroid

        Thank you Jeremy you are a star.
        :) Working smooth and perfect on the Tab3 8.0

      • Dreamsneednolabel

        My hopes rose (the news), then fell (going to playstore and seeing " device not compatible") and now thanks to you its a reality!
        Note 2 (10.1) G-8000 Smooth and simple.

  • Dan

    Soooo... What are we guessing? About 45 minutes until somebody on XDA releases an Xposed module that makes it work on Android tablets?

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      I'm sure you can already do this with the ability to force all apps in the store. I don't remember what module that is off the top of my head though

    • enoch861

      Even if they do, it won't be that impressive.
      Office on iPad though... Lays any other Suite to rest.

    • DaveCXT

      Copying the apk from phone to tablet worked just fine... but not worth it IMO... same limited functionality as far as formatting and file handling.

  • rasty++

    someone with latest apk? I want to test on my tablet ... lol

    • Jeremy Miller

      Yep, right below.

      • rasty++

        yep .. in download! tnx :)

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    What version number is this?

    • rasty++

      15.0.2720.2000

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        or 1.1

        looks like I already have the new version

      • matteventu

        Spacciatore di leaks :P

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        rasty you're everywhere ehhee
        i didn't expect to find you out here as well

  • mesmorino

    Nice! I'm gonna give this a go, see if it's good enough to let me get rid of Quickoffice

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Y u no like Quickoffice?

      • Walkop

        Slow, klunky, no butter.

    • DaveCXT

      I wondered the same thing. But within 5 minutes learned that it is way too basic. I need real formatting and the ability to quickly open local files (from within app itself.) I'm sticking with Quickoffice for now at least.

  • abobobilly

    WHAT :S
    How come is it compatible with ALL of my devices, including i9000, Nexus 7 2012 and S4? :S

  • AbbyZFresh

    Sorry Google Drive. You had a decent run despite the price drop. i can finally use Office without that damn 365 subscription.

  • Obiwanhug

    Can't see the apk to download

  • rfgenerator

    It seems to be crippled in that you cannot open a password protected Excel file with this.

  • Paul

    Useless.. Can't save to or open local offline files.

    • Nguyen

      You can open local offline lines with any file manager app, then select office mobile.

      • DaveCXT

        Problem is, these local files still don't show in the "recent" list. Means you constantly have to go back to 3rd party file explorer everytime to open that document. Workable... but annoying.

  • nevetsg

    Good, Quick office's word editing is the suck. going to try this one.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    Not compatible

  • primalxconvoy

    Even though it crashes more than a Thai bus driver, I've found that Quick Office Pro (the version prior to Google's stunted version) is the only fully usable office app for android, imo.

  • DaveCXT

    Wow. Office Mobile is really.... not very good. I also side-loaded the apk from my phone to my Nexus7... works but with the same issues.

    One plus is that it handles formulas from an excel spreadsheet I opened... but too many other problems that I think it will be uninstalled pretty quick:
    1) No ability to search or navigate files on device. You can open file through file manager... but that same file doesn't appear in your "recent" list next time you open Office.
    2) Formatting. I don't see anyway to add bulleted lists or outlines. Nor text justification, or even font choice. You can do italic, strike-through, bold, and the choice of a very few colors.

    In all its so basic, I find it unusable. I immediately did all these basic functions in Quickoffice. I'm sure many will see the MS Office name and be sucked in... but it is sadly lacking features that even many basic note taking apps have for formatting.

    I may keep it in mind for the odd excel spreadsheet I need to open... but I may just install as needed. Definitely not a daily driver.

    • gadgety

      Thank you. No point in wasting my time side loading the apk to my 8 inch phablet.

  • m00rb

    You cannot edit or save documents locally. You can only edit or save documents in the cloud but are limited to just OneDrive or Sharepoint. No reason to download over Kingsoft Office.

    • primalxconvoy

      Except Kingsoft office is geo locked in Japan (so you can only get the crap Japanese version from Google Play via the app.). You have to visit the official site to get the English version.

  • Scorpy

    Not supported on galaxy s3(i9300)!!

  • Andrew White

    Won't save to my device. Microsoft and others can have those puffy white things. Too many holes and nothing of substance.

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