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       04 Mar 2016 #1

    Microsoft Office for Android


    Microsoft goes all in with Android apps for business | ZDNet

    Wow! How did I miss this one? I tested Office for Android when there were only Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Then Outlook became available. To be fair, I got an invite, but hadn't paid attention, since I didn't expect more than the base apps in the new Preview. My bad.

    Now it seems that the whole enchilada is available for Android phones. I'm going to jump off the ledge and guess it's also available for Android tablets, since I haven't read Ed Bott's article. :)

    Dogpile! That is if I got it wrong.
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  2.    04 Mar 2016 #2

    It seems okay, I find myself still liking Google Docs, etc. I noticed when I tried Office on my Tablet it really soaked up the memory.
    I don't have a high end tablet either (Samsung Tab 4).
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  3.    04 Mar 2016 #3

    Well for 30 seconds I was excited at the prospect of outlook even if a bit cut down.

    One of the big pluses of outlook on a pc is the ability to sort emails by name which cannot be done with the gmail on the web or the gmail app on android.

    So I downloaded it thinking I must be able to sort gmail now.

    What a major disappointment!

    Cut down - hah! Totally eviscerated would be a better term.
    It is bordering on criminal to call this app outlook!

    It basically does no more than the gmail or one of dozens of other email clients app.

    What a waste of space.
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  4.    04 Mar 2016 #4

    Hmmm, not sure if I am missing something about the Gmail. When I want to sort by name, I just type name in search bar and it sorts. Perhaps I am not using this functionality as you mean.
    I admit I am not a power user by any means, Actually just started working with Windows since 10 was released. Still a linux user.
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       04 Mar 2016 #5

    Sigh . . . not everyone can be pleased.

    I only use Outlook for email; I don't have a need for all the bells and whistles. I use my smartphone for communication, so I really don't need Outlook there either.

    For me, Office for Android will be a "fill-in" when I'm not at my desktop computer with a full size monitor. So, it will be ideal for me when I need to refer to a document already created or to make notes of any meetings I attend.
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  6.    04 Mar 2016 #6

    I agree with your thoughts, you use what works best for you. I think my android phone only has Gmail, Messenger and 1 time wasting game on it now.
    I have Office 2016 but found Outlook very slow when used for my Gmail, so I use Emclient on it and it sinks both ways for my Gmail calendar etc. Libreoffice is so similar to MS Office for my needs I use that on another computer.

    My laptop is still running Manjaro Linux, which just works for me, but I find Windows 10 interesting.
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  7.    04 Mar 2016 #7

    Thanks for info, don't use Android anymore but nice to know these are there if I come back :)

    Any ideas how Office for Android compares to Windows store version of office?
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  • Posts : 19,783
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    paulsalter said: View Post
    Thanks for info, don't use Android anymore but nice to know these are there if I come back :)

    Any ideas how Office for Android compares to Windows store version of office?
    Nah, but I'm pretty sure they're very similar. It could be that the Windows Store version is the Windows 10 Office Online version.

    My guess is that if I'm going to speak with any type of authority, I'm going to have to do some more research on the various Offices. Since I subscribed to Office 365 2013/2016, the Android Mobile Office, and was on the Preview for both, so many new things have happened that I've kinda lost track! As I said in my original post . . . How did I miss this one?

    What I know to be fact at this moment:

    1. Office 365 2016 has been released.
    2. Office 365 now has an insider Program like Windows 10.
    3. Office for Android has been expanded.
    4. According to Ed Bott, Office for Android may work on my tablet.
    5. Office for Android is free if installed on tablets up to 10.1".
    5. With my O365 subscription, I can put Office on five PCs (or Macs) and five tablets (any size).
    6. I am nowhere near to being an expert!
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  •    04 Mar 2016 #9

    Hi there.

    The built in email app on my Samsung smart phone is an almost identical clone to Outlook -- I haven't a clue what it is but it works just like Outlook (I HATE Web based email stuff -- slow , riddled with ads etc).

    As far as the rest of the Office suite is concerned why not just download WPS Office for android -- Free and seems 100% compatible with Ms Office for documents etc -- Good enough as I don't think anybody is going to design complex Office docs with loads of Macros and mega complex charts on a small smartphone screen. !!!!!


    Office Suite for Android | WPS Office

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there.

    The built in email app on my Samsung smart phone is an almost identical clone to Outlook -- I haven't a clue what it is but it works just like Outlook (I HATE Web based email stuff -- slow , riddled with ads etc).

    As far as the rest of the Office suite is concerned why not just download WPS Office for android -- Free and seems 100% compatible with Ms Office for documents etc -- Good enough as I don't think anybody is going to design complex Office docs with loads of Macros and mega complex charts on a small smartphone screen. !!!!!


    Office Suite for Android | WPS Office

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Good one, Jimbo! However, I'm such a Beta Testing Junkie that I subscribed to Office 365 in order to test from the get-go rather than wait for the public Preview.

    WPS . . . Word Perfect? Guess I'll have a look-see. :)
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