Office for Android Smartphones

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 by Simon Morton

A few weeks ago, we blogged about the Microsoft Office mobile app for iPhones.  While we loved that Microsoft are making their Office suite more accessible, we couldn’t help feeling like we’d only got half a box of chocolates.

This week sees Office mobile for android phones hit app stores in the US and once again we feel the need to temper our excitement.

Again functionality (only editing, not creation) and accessibility (365 subscribers only) is restricted and again there’s no app for tablet devices.

While we may be able to forgive Microsoft for neglecting the iPad (which pops up everywhere like an overly successful cousin with its gold watch, supermodel wife and flash car), leaving out their own Surface tablet seems like cutting off their nose to spite their face.

Surface could have been the first tablet with a fully functioning Office app, but for some reason they decided against it. I’d love to tell you the potential market place but Surface unit sales are as easy to find as unicorns (which to a suspicious mind might indicate that it could have done with the boost).

I don’t know about you but I can’t help feeling like Microsoft have us on an intravenous introduction programme, dripping Office bit by bit into the arm of modern mobile business. Maybe they’re worried that if we get it all at once we will, in some way, become intoxicated or addicted, but I think they’re running the risk of us looking for our fix elsewhere.

The one thing this drip feed is achieving is that people like me keep writing about it, but like a celebrity that turns up for the opening of an envelope the flash bulbs get a little dimmer every time…

So come on Microsoft, give us the whole thing, all the time, wherever we are and whatever shiny gadget we’re toting. We work everywhere and it’s time you did too.

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