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Microsoft releases Office Mobile for Android phones (tablets need not apply)

Mark Hachman | Aug. 1, 2013
Office 365 subscription required; tablets need not apply.

Microsoft also has native apps for OneNote, Lync, and SharePoint, in addition to supporting Exchange Active Sync for email, calendar and contacts, she said.

"I'm not sure how many people are going to want to do a lot of Office work on a phone," Michael Silver, an analyst at Gartner, said recently. "A tablet's going to be a lot more important."

Of course, there's no reason that users have to live in the world that Microsoft has created. Plenty of Android office apps allow document creation or editing, both on a phone or tablet: Google Drive, of course, allows for Google's own documents to be created; and Google's own QuickOffice, Documents to Go, and OfficeSuite Pro 7 are all arguably as good or better choices than Microsoft's offerings.

In one way, editing or creating an Office document on a mobile phone is counter-intuitive; too many people still append some sort of signature file on a mobile phone to explain away any typos or shorthand.

Within a business document, however, typos simply shouldn't appear. Office Mobile can certainly stand in to enable last-minute changes while on the go, but they shouldn't be considered as serious tools for document creation. And that's exactly how Microsoft appears to want it.


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