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Microsoft consolidates multiple services into its new Office for Android app

Microsoft's new mobile app icon. (Source: Google Play Store)
Microsoft's new mobile app icon. (Source: Google Play Store)
Microsoft has restructured its apps for the Android platform, mainly by combining all of them into one. It is now called Office on the Play Store, and allows access to OneDrive as well as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. However, it is reportedly not optimized for tablets.

Microsoft has made its latest app for Android available. It allows the user to create Word, PowerPoint and Excel files from 1 interface, whereas these programs have heretofore had their own apps. The Redmond company claims that the new download can "harness the unique strengths of a phone", which includes the ability to turn captured images of a hard-copy document or table into an editable electronic version through optical character recognition.

This new Office for Android app also supports OneDrive browsing, which seems odd as this could compete with Google's Drive service. Similarly, it also has options to sign PDFs, as well as convert scans or images to this format, which is a surprising thing for Adobe to ostensibly let it away with.

Finally, it can also sync with the OneNote app on PCs. Therefore, this app sounds like a boon to those who like to be productive with their tablets. However, Android Police has reported that the new software is not well proportioned on screens of this size category. This is an interesting decision on Microsoft's part, also it does make sense that it would prefer consumers use Office on its own Surface 2-in-1s instead.

Some screenshots from the new mobile Office app. (Source: Android Police)
Some screenshots from the new mobile Office app. (Source: Android Police)
 
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-18 (Update: 2020-02-18)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.