Android phandroids, your long wait is finally over. Microsoft’s mainstay productivity suite is finally available on Google-flavored phones.
Now you can take your Word docs, impressive Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations with you, edit them on your Android phone, and then share all that Microsofty goodness with your colleagues. When you open the files on your computer, all your changes will be there, formatted correctly.
For that to work, of course, you’ll need to store your docs in the cloud. Office for Android phone can connect to most of the major cloud storage services, including Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and Microsoft’s Sharepoint or OneDrive.
Microsoft is making this version of Office free for personal use. If you want to use it commercially, you’ll need a paid subscription to Office 365 (at $10 a month, or $100 per year). The premium version will also give you a handful of extra features in Android Office, such as the ability to track edit changes in Word or annotate slides using PowerPoint Ink and save the information.
Office for Android Phones will work on Android handsets running KitKat (Android 4.4) and Lollipop (5.x); Microsoft says it will also support Google’s upcoming version of Android, known today only as “M,” when it becomes available. Office will come preloaded on Android phones from major handset makers — such as Samsung, LG, and Sony — later this year.