Microsoft PowerPoint for Android brings the presentation power of Microsoft’s time-honored application to your Android device. Microsoft PowerPoint for Android complements Microsoft Word for Android and Microsoft Excel for Android which allow you to take the most important elements of the Microsoft Office suite anywhere on your Android device.

PowerPoint for Android has a familiar look and feel for anyone who has used the desktop version and comes with much of the same functionality, albeit designed with touch screens in mind.

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Microsoft Excel for Android is the mobile version of Microsoft Excel, designed to work on Android phones and tablets. Microsoft Excel for Android complements Microsoft Word for Android and Microsoft Powerpoint for Android. Alternatively, you can download the complete Office suite for access to the full range of tools.

Microsoft Excel for Android allows you to use Microsoft Excel on most Android phones and tablets. Excel for Android lets you perform the essential functions of the desktop version and encapsulates the look and feel of the desktop version, wrapped up in a touch-friendly design.

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If you need access to Microsoft Office on the move and specifically Word, Microsoft Word for Android allows you to use Microsoft Word on Android phones and tablets. Microsoft Office products are available as a package, or as separate downloads for Word, PowerPoint and and Excel, allowing you to do almost anything you can do on the desktop versions.

All of them, including Word for Android, have the familiar look, feel and quality of Microsoft Office for Word on desktop – with the added bonus of an intuitive touch experience designed for Android phones and tablets.

Word for Android is suitable for creating professional looking documents or if you just need to make quick edits to a document on the go. Word for Android preserves all the original formatting and you won’t lose any tables, images or other formatting when you switch devices or go back to editing on desktop. Much like with business-grade document management apps like Hightail or Stellar Library, you can  access your Word documents in the cloud wherever you are, and Word for Android supports a variety of online storage solutions.

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Getting bogged down with the stress of employee management and payroll? ADP Mobile Solutions offers a way for you to change the way your company manages employees and payrolls.

ADP Mobile Solutions is a self service application that helps employees stay connected to their company anytime, anywhere. ADP Mobile Solutions claims to revolutionize the way organizations deliver payroll, timesheets, benefits, and other vital HR information to employees by providing easy, 24/7 access from Android devices. It’s an interesting Android-specific alternative to popular cloud-based HR and payroll apps such as BambooHR or TribeHR.

ADP has a long track record in handling confidential corporate data and claims that information is delivered using the same secure technology that ADP uses to deliver information and services to approximately 600,000 clients around the world.

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Microsoft Office Mobile for Android
brings the power of Microsoft Office on your desktop to your Android device. Although Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android are all now available as separate downloads, if you want the entire suite in one package, Microsoft Office Mobile for Android provides everything in one place for those using Android 4.4 and higher.

Office is hugely popular still in the business world, but is facing competition as SaaS-based applications gain popularity. For instance, a cloud accounting application such as FreshBooks or Xero offers a more powerful way to do your accounts than a spreadsheet does, since it can integrate closely with your bank and with other business systems you use – and can be accessed from your mobile device.

That said, the Office app for Android is good enough for day-to-day viewing and editing of spreadsheets, documents, and presentations.

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Freshdesk is a powerful but easy-to-use customer support software that has extensive integration with social media networks. It’s suitable for businesses of all sizes, from small web developers to large enterprises handling thousands of customer queries every day.

The Freshdesk app for Android allows you to manage and monitor customer support on the move and engage with customers through email, Facebook, Twitter, and other online communities. Effectively, Freshdesk is like a mobile helpdesk, allowing you to answer customer queries, log new tickets or problems, and fix them where you are. The mobile app is pretty similar to the Cloud-based helpdesk software, allowing you to easily view the history of communications with specific customers whether its by email, Facebook, Twitter or phone calls.

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Web design apps often neglect to include eCommerce booking functions. TrekkSoft is a booking website builder which puts business needs at the center of web design. TrekkSoft allows tour operators and other booking-based businesses to build an integrated reservation system into their websites.

The company has a solid track record with booking systems, having been around since 2010 and claims to have processed over a million guests and more than 5,000 activities to-date. TrekkSoft is designed to work on any platform and, once setup, allows you to monitor and manage your booking system remotely. Note that the TrekkSoft Android app is only useful if you’ve already setup a booking system for TrekkSoft using the web app – the mobile app is simply to manage what you’ve already created.

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Great news folks: AppStorm is back! After more than a year in limbo, the popular app review network has a new owner, a new team of eager writers, and a fresh new outlook.

As you may know, AppStorm closed shop back in January 2014. However, the network has now been taken over by business app discovery network, Nubera. We’ve been long-time admirers of AppStorm and the insightful reviews and useful advice it offers on Mac, Web, Windows, and mobile applications. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue the great work put in by previous owner Envato and its team of talented writers and reviewers.

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So you want to create an Android app. Fortunately, the process doesn’t need to start from scratch. With one (or more) of these eight great Android app templates, you can get a head start in developing and publishing your very own Android app.
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As we enter the final days of 2013, we quickly approach the culmination of one of Android’s biggest years to date. We’ve seen major new hardware, new software and corporate changes at Google that set up an exciting future for the year ahead. In this special final instalment of This Week In Android, we’re going to take a look back at the last 12 months and some highlights of the Android news that filled them. (more…)

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