Microsoft is rolling out big updates to all three of its major Office apps for Android, with several overlapping improvements. The highlight is the addition of auto-save, a staple on desktop versions and frankly overdue on mobile with so many more opportunities for lost connections, unexpected battery drains, and other interruptions. In the same vein, Word and Powerpoint get real-time collaborative editing support, similar to what is available in the web apps and Google Docs.
I took a test drive with the collaborative editing on Word and it wasn't exactly seamless. The browser version says I was editing while offline, which is a decent way to describe the way it worked. Read More
If there's one place that Google Docs is a market leader, it's where it comes to collaboration. A web app was a natural place to build on the familiar commenting features from Microsoft Word and make them work in real time and without formal software requirements. On the other hand, we don't normally think about spreadsheets in those terms. With the latest updates to Sheets, though, Google is bringing comments to Android and the web.
I know I haven't even thought much about the need for this kind of feature in a spreadsheet app, but in hindsight it makes plenty of sense. Read More
Despite the existence of OneDrive, Microsoft and Dropbox are friends now. The Redmond-based company knows where you're saving your stuff, and it wants you using its office suite regardless. It's business.
So Microsoft and Dropbox have announced the next level of integration for their mutual products. Office Online will now let you open a file straight from Dropbox, edit it, and save it back. This is the kind of seamless experience that came to Android towards the end of last year.
This is all part of Microsoft's continued strategy to integrate Office with whatever platforms and cloud storage providers it can get its hands on. Read More
There are a few full-featured office apps on Android, but Docs To Go was starting to look a little stagnant compared to the others. That changes today with the big version 4.0 update. The app looks completely different and has a couple new features that bring it up to par with the competition. The price has also been reduced to celebrate – a full version key is $9.95, down from $14.95.
The new interface is much more modern and finally loses the legacy menu button of shame. Content is organized by tabs that are rearranged into a second pane on tablets. Read More
There are no shortage of office suites available for Android, but two of the most popular have been Quickoffice and OfficeSuite. The former took a hiatus after Google purchased it last year, and while the new version isn't bad per se, it's not what to used to be. In the meantime, OfficeSuite has continued to improve, and version 7.3 introduces a slew of new features that add an extra layer of polish to what is already a solid app.
The suite comes in both a paid and a free version, and there's a separate changelog provided for each. The free version comes with better Google Cloud Print support, improved Box integration, and the ability to insert charts in both text and presentation documents. Read More
If you use your Android device to do work, then a good office suite is absolutely clutch. And when it comes to such a tool, you'd be hard pressed to find something better than OfficeSuite Pro. It hit version 7 today, which brings along with it several new features and enhancements, including an improved UI, sidebar navigation in the file browser, templates, and extended cloud support to include Microsoft SkyDrive, as well as folder support in Google Docs.
Further, the newest iteration also brings many improvements to all the various editors:
- Styles - apply MS Word styles or styles used in the document
- Table design - the ability to fashion an inserted table as per our library of tailor-made designs
- Formulas (display only)
- Format painter - saves time by copying formats already applied to other text
- Improved selection of parameters in functions
- A new PDF engine using library from Adobe, providing instant opening of large PDF files
- Find/Find Next
OfficeSuite Pro v7 will set you back $15 if you don't already have it, but there's also a trial version so you can give it a shot before shelling out the funds. Read More
If you missed out the last time OfficeSuite Pro 6 was on sale for $0.99, you can stop being sad now - it's back on sale until July 4th! OfficeSuite Pro is my personal favorite office suite for Android, as its blend of excellent features, intuitive and easy to use interface, and cloud storage integration (yes, I did quote myself there), make it as top-notch of a choice that you'll find on the Store.
So, if you're looking for an awesome office suite, but don't want to shell out $10+ for one, you better grab this one for a buck. Read More
Despite what many people think, Google Docs is not the only online-based office suite. In fact, some may say that a few of the others - like Zoho Office, for example - are even more full-featured than GDocs.
If you've been thinking about leaving El Goog behind and jumping over to Zoho's house, but the lack of an Android app has been the deciding factor that kept you from making the leap, we have good news: ZOHO Docs is finally available on Android.
ZDocs looks strikingly like to GDocs, which should aid in making the transition into the new home for all of your on-the-go office needs a quick and easy one. Read More
For mobile document editing, there has always been one clear choice: Quickoffice Pro. But, for those who only need it occasionally, justifying the $10 price tag may just not be possible. With that in mind, the Amazon Appstore comes to the rescue, as you can get this mobile Microsoft Office compatible suite for only $2.99!
If you're not familiar with the Quickoffice Pro, it allows you to view, edit, and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files all on the go from your mobile device. Not only that, but it also features Dropbox, Google Docs, Box, SugarSync, Huddle, and MobileMe integration, for super easy file sharing. Read More
You know what you need? Another office suite on your phone or tablet. Or maybe just an office suite. Of course, you probably know that office suites aren't the cheapest apps on the Market, either - most range from $10 to $30, and if you missed OfficeSuite Pro or QuickOffice when they were free in the Amazon Appstore, then you're either stuck waiting for another freebie to come along or forced to shell out the coin to get pick one up.
There is a bright side, though: Smart Office Plus from PICSEL just went free on GetJar Gold. Smart Office is a full-featured office suite that allows you to create and edit MS Office docs, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Read More