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Office comes to Android; Microsoft promises better iOS/Android support

  • 6 weeks after launching Office Mobile on the iPhone, Microsoft (MSFT +0.6%) has brought the trimmed-down, touch-optimized version of its flagship productivity suite to Android.
  • Like their iPhone counterparts, the Android apps require an Office 365 subscription (they're free for those who have one). There's still no tablet support - Microsoft continues to promote the Office Web Apps for tablets.
  • Reviews for the iPhone apps (I, II, III) were muted. The apps receive praise for their minimalist design and offline/SkyDrive support, but are criticized for failing to work well with 3rd-party apps, and for missing desired formatting/editing features.
  • Microsoft is promising it will do a better job of supporting iOS/Android. Hardware chief Julie Larson-Green: "We can provide unique, differentiated experiences on our devices and on other people’s devices."
  • The Android app launch comes as ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor unveils Quip, a mobile-optimized word processor that (like Google Apps) emphasizes collaborative editing and is receiving positive early buzz.
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  • wigit5
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    No tablet support? probably should have spent time on that instead of that RT inventory you need to recycle.
    31 Jul 2013, 10:52 AM Reply Like
  • buffett222
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    31 Jul 2013, 08:38 PM Reply Like
  • RogerJenn
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    Embargoing Android tablets is almost as bad a mistake as producing the Surface RT. Is Ballmer making these decisions?
    31 Jul 2013, 12:10 PM Reply Like
  • kwright62
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    What is the difference between Google Apps and Office 365?
    1 Aug 2013, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • Shred13
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    They should come to BB
    1 Aug 2013, 01:39 AM Reply Like
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