Who else is hoping MS Office hits Android Soon?

Posted Dec 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm in Threads > Apps

I’ve heard rumors that Office is coming to Android in early 2013 but nothing solid or even credible at this point.

I’m certainly hoping for MS Office to hit sooner rather than later. I’ve tried most of the Android apps for handling Office docs, ppts, xls but all of them fall short at times. Perhaps most frustrating for me is the format breaking that occurs with word documents with heavy table use.

In any event, when MS Office hits Android I will be able to leave my laptop at home and be 3x as productive with my Transformer 101 or newer tablet (I’m on the hunt currently).

Out of the all the Office apps out for Android at current, I think I like Kingsoft Office the best.

  • reyame

    I second that. Loving Kingsoft Office. I hate Documents to Go with a passion. the free version was a joke last time i tried it

    If MS Office made it to Android then every arm based surface would be dead in the water. if office doesnt come i will settle for libre office

    • JonJJon

      I’m looking to Libre Office, I’m not too bothered with MS Office on Android being a subscription is needed to use a decent amount of functionality I think

    • calmness

      Libre office could be fun on android. I’ll need a blue tooth keyboard to pair with my device or some fast input device. It fun to have all these different ways for our devices to be convenient, entertaining and productive.

  • Chris Lewis

    not if the rumors of the subscription service payments are true. But if its a one time purchase im super stoked

  • tanman888

    It will definitely increase productivity on Android tablets.
    At the moment, if I need to do some serious spreadsheeting, it’s back to the laptop/desktop. Maybe it’s out of habit.

    • dino13

      Spreadshit is the one thing that will be easier the use on your pc even in 1000 years.

  • ldouglas64

    If it is a one time license, it will be great for productivity. If it is subscription based I will stick with Polaris. So far it has been better than any other I have tried.

  • SGB101

    Smart office 2,works a treat for me, love the cloud integration and the icing is it sees my WiFi printers and works.

    Also I’ve started migrating to Google doc, as that seem to be evolving in to a decent service.

    so all in all if ms doesn’t launch on android soon, I may be an ex customer and i cant be yhe only one.

    • dino13

      Google Doc was a pain in the ass until the last update, now it’s starting to be useful at least to some extend.

      • SGB101

        I hear that, the spreadsheet doc, has a good way to go. Still use excel for that. For now!

  • dino13

    Well it’s never too late for Microsoft as they have shown that they are capeable of creating a really good cutomer experiences, but I see them holding it back for some more moths until Windows 8 and Windows RT establish them self properly.

  • Monsunami

    That would be a good idea but probably not going to see that it in a long time until Windows 8/RT devices can get a foothold. Not much in a hurry since I could just use the free Kingsoft Doc app.

  • Gedgehead

    Why would I want to keep bankrolling MS so that they can carry on suing (sorry contractual licencing agreements) Android OEMs.
    I hope that the Libre Office team manage to deliver an Android or even a web based product soon.

    If governments want to save a big wad of cash , they should have a look at all the MS licences they have to purchase just to type a few letters.

    Only then can we throw away the shackles off of a crappy, vulnerable, virus riddled OS.

  • dbcher

    I have been looking forward to the day we get office on our devices since I got my first Android (DroidX). l
    I have a couple of other apps which claim to work with office docs, but things never quite work like they claim and i end up redoing work all the time

  • Stig03

    Me!!!

  • pmrich

    I’d love to see it but don’t think microsoft will let that happen while they’re trying to make the Windows 8 tablets more popular.

  • Ezy03

    id love that

  • TheVoodoo

    I’ll be interested if:

    - Excel offers desktop-level features
    - opening from and save ti Google Drive is built-in
    - MS doesn’t try to completely isolate the app by using proprietary services such as Sky Drive only, search in Bing, etc.

    • jonstle

      Great idea on opening and saving to Google docs!

  • linkinmark5

    I would really welcome Office to Android….I use PowerPoint enough for work and throw in traveling 25 times a year across the US. I create many presentations on the road using my laptop. I also have a Transformer 101 and would love to ditch the laptop and travel lighter. I have used many compatible apps but none provide the full editting power as the original program. Also the same for Outlook, and Excel. Fingers crossed!

  • sonicdeathmunky

    I would love MS Office on Android. It’s my main worry when contemplating getting a Transformer or similar tablet over a windows-based tablet… I want to stay with Android, but without Office I don’t know if I would be kneecapping my productivity potential.

  • TheStig

    me id love it!

  • Ezy03

    office on android! awesome

  • lou2cool88

    I would love Office on Android. I’m surprised Microsoft wants to do that, though. I think it’d seriously cut into Surface sales.

  • KingCrow02

    Still loving Google Docs

  • ryan003

    I think I’ll finally start using my TF Prime for Office work once it does.

  • jonstle

    I am a huge fan of Google docs but I would love to have office for better PowerPoint support.

  • cjleines

    I picked up OfficeSuite 6 when it was on sale for 25 cents earlier this fall. I haven’t found much use for it yet, but it seems pretty smooth. I like it better than Kingsoft, which I also used briefly.

  • Puzzled by Choice

    Pleased to see that I’m not the only one. Sometimes I read where folks have completely been able to dump office for Google Docs or some other Android office app. Unfortunately for me, I stil see formatting glitches in all but the simplest of Word, PPT and Xcel work. And the frustration of redoing work or having the format break when saving/reopening is just too much for me.

    The apps are improving and Google Docs is getting closer but at current, they still have room to grow.

    As I understand it, the subscription service will be so that you can open/edit Office docs on your phone, tablet, PC/Mac. It’s not that you’re buying an Android subscription, but a single subscription that will provide a mobile portal to your MS Office suite for use on any PC, Phone, tablet, etc.

    We’ll see and I’ll gladly pay it as long as it’s reasonably priced and it comes w/some additional cloud storage to add to my SkyDrive.

  • thymeless

    I think the compatibility of the existing tools is pretty good with MSOffice, unless you’re doing hardcore excel, which I don’t.

    I’m not looking forward to the license silliness MS will likely include, like they did with the RT. Nor the bloat that MS has always brought along with it.

    I’ve given up on MSOffice for home use and have been able to dodge it professionally for a while now as well. At home or work, i mostly use LibreOffice or FrameMaker. Kword on Kubuntu is also pretty slick.

    So this isn’t a release that’s important to me. If you need it, then great.

  • klcow92

    I guess office might be subscription based like how they will do it for office 2013 on pcs

  • pmrich

    I use polaris office but it’s too basic. I’d like something that is more in-depth. And maybe something with a database, but I don’t think MS will put Office on Android when they have their own windows tablets to put it on.

  • tylerfoy

    I’ve used polaris office on my tablet you for light work. It functions ok, I was able to do what I needed to. There are some features not included I may need in the future. It would be nice to see an official MS

  • Trean

    I use Google Docs but the Android interface was lacking in portions of the suite until recently. Now its just better.

  • deegan87

    I’d love to see it come to Android. I find all the office apps in the Play Store suffer from a case of low-rent design.

  • kelltrash14

    Will come down to how much it costs. I have been using the office 2013/365 preview a lot on comps and am liking the new cloud sync integration stuff. It would be quite useful to have access on device…I am poor though, so whether it is viable for me will be up to microsoft.

  • gh0st665

    I bounce between Office Suite Pro and Google Docs. Again, like previously stated, it’s for light work. However, I am not at all excited about MS Office coming to Android. I use Open Office on my PC and I wouldn’t mind seeing Apache doing an Android suite with it.