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.
I remember the time I had a PDA, 11 years ago, and how thrilled I was about editing Word and Excel documents straight from my handheld device. I lost my excitement when I realized the mobile applications didn’t offer the same features as the desktop ones. More than a decade later, our phones and tablets have more processing power than computers did back then. Today, we can surely expect them to offer similar features, no matter the device they’re running on.
Applications such as Google Drive and QuickOffice are useful when it comes to basic text editing and computing, but they don’t provide the same features and experience as the full Office suite. Not only do these often lead to compatibility issues, they also prevent you from accessing advanced features such as Excel macros, custom PowerPoint animations and automated footnotes in Word. CloudOn tries to solve the problem by running Microsoft Office on an actual computer and letting you control it from your phone or tablet. Let’s have a look at what the app has to offer and see if it can really replace a computer to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint.