Sure, there’s a basic version of Office(s msft) for Android(s goog) phones, but heavy Office users might be looking with jealousy at iOS’s(s appl) new touch-optimized version that works on the iPad. According to The Verge, Microsoft is preparing a new version of Office for Android, and is currently seeking beta-testers through a special pre-release program, ahead of a likely release later this year.
CEO Satya Nadella implied an Android version for tablets was in development when Office for iPad launched earlier this year. The current version of Office for Android is fairly bare bones: it doesn’t work on tablets at all and lacks any kind of local storage — so you wouldn’t be able to edit a document on a plane that has no internet service, for instance.
It’s expected the new Android version will require a Office 365 subscription to edit documents and will be heavily dependent on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage. The new Android…
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