Soon after announcing the touch-optimized preview version of Universal Office apps to Windows 10 Mobile Insiders, the Microsoft Office suite now goes cross-platform. Microsoft on Tuesday officially confirmed the preview of Office for Android smartphones – a toned own version of the tablet apps. To try out the preview, users would have to join the Microsoft Office for Android community to start testing. The Office Preview has been optimized for touch, designed essentially for work on-the-go.

For the most past, it looks identical to the Android tablet version, though Microsoft has announced a few key features users would come across while usage. For instance, on opening the app, navigation and menu options will be clearly laid out at the bottom of the screen for easy access. It also allows easy insertion of charts, text, tables in Excel as well. Users will be able to keep a tack of changes, can comment, and even markup documents for others.

Microsoft says that saving is all done in the cloud, with support for OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. While documents can also be shared by a simple hyperlink or an attachment.

As expected, the preview has been released for Android smartphone users to get their valuable feedback, which will allow Microsoft to further improve the overall user experience and overall functionality of the app.

“Please note that the existing Office Mobile app for Android phone will still be available in the app store during Preview. We will disclose more about our plans for this app later in the year when we announce general availability of the new Office for Android phone apps”, said Microsoft in a blog post.

The first public preview of Office apps for Android tablets was introduced back in November last year, while it was made available for use in January this year. The Redmond giant also released a beta version of its latest Office 2016 on May at Ignite 2015. The company also launched Office Lens for iOS and Android, which will work to replace any current document scanning apps that are on the market.


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