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Microsoft announces new Office Mobile app for Android and iOS

Microsoft Office app in App Store
Microsoft Office app in App Store (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • New Office mobile app acts as a hub for Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • The app bundles all three Office experiences in one place.
  • The beta version of the new Office app is available now for Android and iOS.

Microsoft is building a brand new Office app for Android and iOS users that's very similar to the Office app that comes bundled with Windows 10 today. It's a single entry point into the Office ecosystem, allowing you to open Word, PowerPoint, or Excel documents straight through the app without having to install each app individually. It's a much cleaner way of having Office installed on your phone.

Office Hub for iOS

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

The Office Mobile app has been around for quite some time on Samsung devices, but Microsoft is now extending support for the app to other Android devices, in addition to iOS as well. Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, says the following:

The new Office app uses the unique advantages of mobile devices to make content creation easier. You can snap a picture of a document and turn it into an editable word file, for instance, or transform tables from a printed page into an Excel spreadsheet.

Android users can head to this link (opens in new tab) to get started with the app, and iOS users can sign up for a TestFlight preview now. (opens in new tab)

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

14 Comments
  • Any difference in features between this and the standalones we already have?
  • Absolutely no difference in functionality.
    But the new combined app is about 80MB which is just about the same size as one standalone e.g. Word.
    So you end up saving storage space. 1/3
  • I've uninstalled the other 3 standalones.
  • We've come full circle huh? A single Office app, just like it was in our glorious Windows Phone 7/8.
  • Office Hub is back!!!
  • Exactly what I was thinking!
  • Umm... OneNote is missing??
  • OneNote has always been a separate app.
  • It's even made by a separate team. They've been more independent than the rest of the Office for a while.
  • And in just a few months, they will split it all back up again stating the need for individual updates. ;)
  • Could this be the Office Mobile app optimized for the Surface Duo?
  • I can't creat an account from Sweden. Is this beta be limited to US users?
  • I can't creat an account from Sweden. Is this beta be limited to US users?
  • I had this on my Samsung ATIV S windows phone back in 2012...