First look at Microsoft’s unified Office app for Android

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Microsoft is maintaining independent versions of Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote apps for Android. It looks
like Android phones could soon get a new all-in-one Microsoft
Office app that would include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint under
one roof.

Samsung phones also come preloaded with a unified Microsoft
Office app that includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The Office
Mobile app could make its way to other Android handsets too, as
the app was recently spotted
on Google Play Store.

At the time of writing this story, Microsoft has pulled the
download links of Office Mobile but we were able to install the
app on our phone.

The Office app, which is currently in beta, comes with the
following key features:

  • Lets you create, edit, and share documents with others in
    real-time.
  • You can store the documents offline and online.
  • You can take a picture of a document and edit it with the
    help of Microsoft Office’s Word.
  • Similarly, a picture of a table can be transformed into an
    Excel spreadsheet.
  • PowerPoint will grab the pictures stored on your phone, so
    you can quickly design a presentation.
  • Supports Office Lens integration.

Microsoft Office app

Office Mobile app comes with some additional features as well.
For example, you can create PDFs from photos and documents. You
can also sign PDFs using your finger, and create or access the
Sticky Notes which is synced across Windows and OneNote.

The app also supports nearby sharing and you can easily
transfer files between two devices or use QR codes to scan and
open files on another device.

The brand-new and unified Office app is not yet available for
download on Android and iOS handsets, but Microsoft could
announce the app at the Ignite conference.



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