My dear Moosers! Long have we awaited the arrival of decent word processing software for our mobile devices. Well, wait no more as Microsoft is now offering the entire Microsoft Office Suite as FREE apps that you can download individually.
Previously, you received these apps with your Microsoft 365 subscription. However, Microsoft is now offering the apps free of charge for all Android devices, iPhones, Microsoft phones, tablets, and 2-in-1 computers.
You can download the entire suite, or download each app individually. While I usually use the Apple apps on my phone, as I already purchased them, my computer is a PC and I use Word, Excel, and OneNote on it regularly. It is exciting to think that I can get the same apps on my phone now.
The Microsoft Office suite includes:
Click the arrows beside each program (through the link above) to just download that program. The entire office suite is available through the larger download button.
I have linked directly to the android version, but you can download Office and its applications for tablets and Apple devices. Merely scroll to the bottom to change your device.
I just downloaded Word as it is a program I use every single day on my computer. From my understanding, the free version has limited functionality but should still be able to open and edit documents, as well as create new ones without the 354 subscription.
While not included in the Microsoft Office bundle, you may also download these other Microsoft Apps free of charge:
- Lync 2013
- OneDrive for Business (iPhone)
- Office Lens (Microsoft phone)
I already use Skype – even though it is a major power hog – and just downloaded OneNote. Out of all the other programs that Microsoft uses, I probably use OneNote the most. It is excellent for jotting down quick note, doing calculations, creating tables to keep track of spending, time, etc. It is, essentially, Excel for dummies when you take advantage of its calculation abilities.
As is to be expected, these apps are quite large and require a lot of space. While the entire Microsoft Office bundle is popular, I would only download the individual apps you need to retain as much open memory as possible. With only a 16GB phone, these apps really take up room.
Note: you will need to create a Microsoft account to use these apps.