Microsoft has unveiled work on a new Office app soon headed to iOS and Android, bundling Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a central hub for productivity needs. Operating as a one-stop-shop for core Office experiences, it retains the full functionality of each application, now streamlined into one interface. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint reside as standalone experiences on Apple's Apple Store and the Google Play Store, with the app set to eliminate that disconnect.
While Office hasn't formally launched on iOS and Android, Microsoft has kicked off beta testing via TestFlight for iOS and Google Play for Android. Here's how to try the new Microsoft Office app today.
How to install Office Preview on iPhone and iPad
Microsoft hosts the Office iOS beta via TestFlight, Apple's dedicated portal for public app testing. The app allows for simple registration by following the steps below. Visit this guide on your iOS device to streamline the beta installation process.
- Open App Store on your iOS device.
- Search for TestFlight.
- Install TestFlight.
- Open the Microsoft Office TestFlight invitation (opens in new tab). The link will automatically open TestFlight.
- Tap Install. Microsoft Office will now download.
Microsoft Office for iOS is now installed on your device, including all available pre-release features.
How to install Office Preview on Android
The Microsoft Office preview for Android ties into Google Groups, requiring testers to register with their Google Account to access the pre-release build. The guided process enrolls users, followed by download access.
- Visit the Microsoft Office Android Google Group.
- Select Cancel to close the subscription window.
- Select Sign in to view this group.
- Enter your Google Account email address.
- Enter your Google Account password.
- Select Join group.
- Customize your group preferences. Any settings can be modified.
- Select Join this group.
- Select Become A Tester. A welcome message will display.
- Select download it on Google Play from the welcome message. The Google Play Store listing will open.
- Select Install. Microsoft Office will now download.
Microsoft Office for Android is now installed on your device, including all available pre-release features.
Microsoft Office debuts on mobile as a promising foundation, streamlining prior bloat of its software suite. The app currently supports a majority of existing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint functionality, including the ability to create and edit files with OneDrive integration.
The full Office experience
The best Office solution for all
The inclusion of OneDrive storage, multi-device use, Skype minutes, and tech support on top of access to all Office apps makes Office 365 a true winner for just about anyone, including students. If you're attending university, don't forget to check out special pricing for those who qualify.
It comes pre-installed as a stub and cannot be uninstalled on my Samsung Galaxy A30
Original installation when launched, redirects to Galaxy Store to update.
Beta is full on iOS :(
A huge omission from this new app: OneNote. At first I thought the "Notes" option in the program was it, but it turns out to be that useless sticky notes thing. For the most part, this seems like a re-imagining of the Windows phone Office app. Which was nice. But, it's really slow in recognizing my files. Sadly, this again shows me that the features, performance and overall user experience of Microsoft apps and services remains better on Windows phones than on Android. Disappointing.
Uh, it IS a beta. And don't dump on sticky notes!
OneNote has always been separate from Office. It will not be included.
Sticky notes are great, I use them through Microsoft launcher.
Didn't we had this in windows phone 8? And subsequently ms splitted them out.
Yep. They were split with Windows 10 Mobile.
I'm wondering whether the thinking is that this will ensure that anyone who wants one Office app will automatically have them all, thus increasing the chance that they'll use more of them.
This is rad!
[Android] Joined the group but there is not a single topic... Edit: nevermind... Needed to load in desktop view to see anything.
Now I get it. Thanks!
Just downloaded for Android, so far not too bad. Needs Dark Theme. Lol
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