Alright wishers, the wait is over for those of you anxiously waiting to see Microsoft Office on your device. Microsoft Office Mobile gives you a near true Office experience for your Android device. Best of all, it’s free, which isn’t something Microsoft’s typically prone to do.
Close but no cigar
The first thing you’ll notice about the app is that it’s missing the wonderfully confusing ribbon toolbar in the desktop version of Office. Of course, this saves a lot of space on your smaller device, and the menu button in corner will give you access to certain formatting tools.
Unfortunately, there are very few tools in the mobile app. For instance, I couldn’t find any way to insert pictures, tables, or other images. But, you’ll have the ability to draft documents and spreadsheets, or import documents you’ve already created. Also, you shouldn’t expect to be able to run presentations, since the app only has the ability to create and edit Word documents or Excel spreadsheets.
Though, oddly, if you click on the clock icon in the menu bar, you’ll find a “Sample presentation” file you can edit.
I could also import presentations from my device or cloud storage.
Thankfully, if you import the presentation, you can edit it fully.
But what about Outlook?
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for an all-in-one Office app, Office Mobile isn’t it. Office Mobile is missing an Outlook alternative. However, there are two options if you’re an Outlook fan.
First, Outlook.com users can download the Outlook.com app. It’s not fantastic (at least based on reviews) but it’ll get the job done.
Otherwise, OWA users (mostly Exchange) will only have to wait a short time for the release of the OWA app. Accordingly, Microsoft’s bringing “enhanced email and collaboration experiences in Outlook Web App and across mobile devices.” This looks like a good move from Microsoft to support non-Windows devices and try to unify Office among users. Of course, this news also means you’ll need an Office 365 account (probably not a bad thing) to support the use of OWA. Regardless, the new Outlook will declutter your mobile email.
Here’s what I think
Overall, I’m loving the new Office Mobile app, which I didn’t think was possible. Sure, it’s not as sexy as the desktop version, but if you’re not a fan of other “Office” apps, then this might be your answer.
Office Mobile does require that you sign up for a Microsoft account, but that’s easy enough if you don’t read the terms of service. Kidding.
I’m giving Office Mobile a 4 of 5 stars.