Microsoft already offers a suite of Office apps for Android devices, but still lags behind the full-featured applications already available for Mac, Windows and the iPad. Now ZDNet is reporting that a “touch-friendly” version of Office could land on Android as soon as next month.
The news comes from Microsoft whiz Mary Jo Foley, who’s usually pretty reliable when it comes to the Redmond company’s inner workings. She notes that the new Office app could be designed specifically for Android tablets, though hopefully it will also work on phablets and even smaller smartphones. Based on what we saw with Office for iPad, we’re guessing the new Android app will be free to download but require an Office 365 subscription to unlock most features.
ZDNet adds that Microsoft is likely to officially unveil the new Office for Android in the very near future. Of course, Google fans already have access to the company’s own suite of productivity apps through Docs, Sheets and Slides, though Microsoft could win some people over with a full-featured version of Office. At the very least it should force Google to improve its own apps in response.
We’re curious to see what the Microsoft has planned. Office for iPad offers some seriously impressive software and we doubt the company will cut any corners when it comes to Android.