Microsoft kicks the Android Office door wide open

Android is a massively popular OS and with Microsoft’s goal to have its software on every major platform, it wasn’t too big of a surprise to see Office arrive on Android late last year. And at that time, if you wanted to try out the suite of productivity applications, you had to be invited to the program but that all changes today.

That invitation requirement is being lifted, according to an announcement by Microsoft and you can download Word, Office and Excel right now from the Google Play store.

The other bit of news that they are stating today is that they are expanding the devices that can use the suite of applications too. If you own an Android tablet with a 7 to 10.1in screen that is running KitKat or Lollipop, the apps now work on those devices.

Seeing that Office is the most used productivity suite on the planet, this is a big win for Android users. With Office now on their tablets, it means that they can access all of their Office documents on a mobile device with a familiar set of features and interfaces.

Seeing that the product is still in preview, Microsoft is looking for feedback about how to make the apps better and of course, if you find any bugs, they want to squash those as well before the final release.