Microsoft is trying to invest a lot of resources into Android. Starting from services like Word, Excel, Outlook and more to a full-fledged launcher. Well, there are improvements in store for anyone who frequently uses any Microsoft Office apps on their Android phones.
The Redmond, Washington-based company’s now released a new Office “early access” app for Android that combines all the essential office tools you might need. This app includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. In fact, the app itself is called Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & more.
The idea of having a single app for all office tools isn’t new though, even for Microsoft. Back in the days when Windows Phone was a thing, Office Hub app offered access to Word and OneNote documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. The new beta app on Android, however, is a whole lot more powerful and feature-packed than almost a decade old Office Hub.
In addition to creating or editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from the Android smartphone. Also, the application also integrates Office Lens capabilities to scan documents, whiteboards or even simple QR codes.
Similar to features Google’s baked into its office productivity apps over the years, Microsoft now lets you collaborate on documents with friends and colleagues through the app.
That’s not all. My pick of lot is the ability to quickly convert a photo or Word, Excel or PowerPoint files into a PDF. You even have the option of signing the created PDFs with your fingerprint before sending it across.
The app was spotted on the Google Play Store by folks over at MSPoweruser, but at the time of writing, Microsoft appears to have pulled the app from the Play Store. We’ll keep you updated on when its back up again.