Microsoft Releases New Office Apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android Tablets
Article by George Norman
On 07 Nov 2014
Shortly after it announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox, partnership that will help Office apps users be more productive, Microsoft announced that it took a big step towards bringing the productivity of Office to everyone.

The Redmond-based software giant announced the launch of new Office apps for iPhone, the release of updated Office apps for iPad, and the introduction of preview Office apps for Android tablets. Microsoft also announced that it is dropping the subscription requirement – iOS and Android customers can create and edit Office documents without having to get an Office 365 subscription.


The week started with Microsoft announcing that it entered a strategic partnership with Dropbox. As part of this partnership, all Microsoft customers who use the Office app for iOS or Android, all Microsoft customers who have a Dropbox account, they can access their Dropbox files from Office, edit Office files from Dropbox, and share Office files via Dropbox.

The week ends with Microsoft announcing that it wants to “bring the productivity of Office to everyone.” The announcement can be broken down into three parts:

Part 1 – Updated Office Apps for iPad, New Office Apps for iPhone

Microsoft rolled out updated Office apps for Apple’s iPad. From the App Store, iPad users can now download an updated Microsoft Word app, an updated Microsoft Excel app, and an updated Microsoft PowerPoint app. As a little side note, I have to remind you that since its launch, Office for iPad has been downloaded more than 40 million times.

Microsoft also rolled out new Office apps for iPhone users. iPhone users can now view, create, and edit Office documents with the new Microsoft Word for iPhone, Microsoft Excel for iPhone, and Microsoft PowerPoint for iPhone.

  • Get Microsoft Word for iOS from the App Store here.
  • Get Microsoft Excel for iOS from the App Store here.
  • Get Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS from the App Store here.

Part 2 – Office Apps for Android Tablets (Preview)

If you have an Android tablet, you can sign up for a preview and test Microsoft’s new Office apps for Android tablets. By releasing this preview, Microsoft brings the productivity of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to Android tablet customers.

The Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android tablets are scheduled to hit General Availability (GA) in early 2015.

Part 3 – No Office 365 Subscription Requirement

iOS and Android customers don’t need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit documents with their Office apps. It should be mentioned here that Office 365 subscribers benefit from the full Office experience across devices with advanced editing and collaboration capabilities, unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration, and other benefits.

“Anytime someone has an idea or an inspiration, we want to empower them to take action,” said John Case, corporate vice president, Office, Microsoft. “With over a billion Office customers worldwide, and over 40 million downloads on the iPad, it’s clear that Office applications are what people want to use to get things done.”

Additional information on Microsoft’s Office apps for mobile devices is available here.

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