Microsoft Office for Android Looks Good but Might Not Be Ready for Prime Time

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The promise of being able to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents on your Android device finally came true earlier this month when the Redmond software giant ported a version of its productivity suite over to Google's open source platform. It's not exactly a full fledged version of Office, but hey, at least you can view and edit your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere using your Android device. Cool, right?

In theory, yes. But in practice, not everyone is thrilled with the product Microsoft pushed out. CITEWorld posted a review of Office for Android, noting that the app interface is "super simple and looks great," but that the user interface "definitely feels half-baked."

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The primary problem is that you're limited to what you can do. For example, while Microsoft offers unfettered access to documents in your SkyDrive account, Office 365, and SharePoint, you can't pull files from third-party services like DropBox. Somewhat understandable, but still a bummer.

You're also limited in your editing options. The essentials are there, like bold, underline, and highlight, but advanced tricks don't fall within the scope of what you can do with Office for Android. CITEWorld also ran into some quirky issues when co-authoring documents.

Have you tried any of the mobile Office versions? If so, what are your impressions?
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RWilliams replied on Wed, Aug 7 2013 12:38 PM

I'd like to give it a go, but Microsoft is shunning every single country other than the US at the moment :-|

I actually had the option show up in my 365 account the other day, but for some reason only PowerPoint was listed. Today, there's no option for Office for Android at all.

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