Microsoft’s Workplace For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview
Final November, Microsoft launched a beta of its free Workplace apps for Android tablets and introduced that it will make them usually out there for Android tablets in early 2015. It’s now early 2015 and in the present day Microsoft resides as much as its promise by launching Phrase, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. The up to date apps ought to arrive within the Google Play retailer over the course of the subsequent few hours. With right now’s launch, Microsoft has now introduced absolutely supported variations of Workplace to all main cellular platforms.
Microsoft first launched the preview model of Workplace for Android tablets final November. For probably the most half, Workplace for Android appears precisely just like the iPad model Microsoft launched virtually a yr in the past. As Julia White, Microsoft’s common supervisor for its Workplace division, advised me earlier this week, the iOS and Android variations draw from the identical codebase, so there’s nearly no distinction in performance, both.
Microsoft has now unified the look of its Workplace apps throughout platforms and, because it seems, Workplace for Android and iPad just about foreshadowed the feel and appear of Workplace 2016. You’ll be able to check out our evaluate of Workplace for iPad to get a greater concept of the apps’ capabilities.
Identical to on the iPad, the Android pill apps can be found totally free, and you need to use them to create information and edit them (and print them, if that’s one thing you continue to do).
Microsoft tells me that it noticed about 250,000 downloads in the course of the Android apps’ beta interval. Because of this massive tester group, Microsoft was capable of collect efficiency and crash knowledge from about 500 totally different system fashions.
Listed here are the system necessities for the apps: the system must have a display measurement of seven inches or extra and must run KitKat four.four. That’s fairly simple. What’s odd, although, is that the apps will run on Android 5.zero Lollipop, too, however will not be formally supported there. One of many subsequent updates will change that. Likelihood is, it’s because Microsoft merely hasn’t been capable of get sufficient suggestions from Lollipop customers but — as a result of there aren’t all that many units on the market but that run the newest model of Google’s cellular OS.
Workplace for iOS has been an enormous hit for Microsoft. As the corporate additionally introduced at the moment, these apps have now been downloaded over eighty million occasions.