Microsoft is expanding the availability of Office for Android tablets. It is always a preview for Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications but the download for each of them becomes more direct from Google Play. There is no longer a waiting list or request to make through a Google+ community like last year.
Before a final version scheduled for the beginning of this year, the preview is aimed more specifically at Android tablets with ARM architecture running Android 4.4 KitKat or 5.0 Lollipop, and with a screen size between 7 and 10.1 inches. Note however that the applications remain optimized for KitKat.
The Redmond company is currently eager for user comments for the official launch of Office applications for Android tablets. Feedback to be sent through this Google+ community.
On Android smartphones, Office applications are grouped under the aegis of Office Mobile before the next availability of stand-alone Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications. A separation like the one that was made for the iPhone.
As a reminder, Microsoft extended free use of its Office applications on iPhone, iPad and Android tablets at the end of 2014 in order to add the creation and editing of documents without an Office 365 subscription. However, such a subscription allows access to more advanced editing and collaboration features, as well as unlimited storage space on OneDrive.
Free software also targets mainstream users, while Enterprise customers still need an Office 365 subscription for document creation and editing.