Even though there is no update about native Office apps for iOS and Android tablets, users can now perform some “lightweight” file edits on their Android tablets, thanks to the coming-up Office Web App free tools from Microsoft. However, this iOS and Android app is not likely to release before late 2014. Microsoft has finally announced that they do have the intentions to bring forward Office Web App file-editing tools for Android tablet users via the Chrome browser. However, the software giant did not mention when they are going to launch this app for Android tablets, which Windows 8 and iPad user already have.
With the introduction of this app for Androids and iOS tabs, users will be able to access their files in the SkyDrive accounts as well as create files and do some light edits on them. Better yet, it is a free service and there is no need to subscribe to Office 365 or to purchase a third-party app, which is compatible to Office in order to avail this service.
Now if you are wondering how “lightweight” the Microsoft Office apps for Android are, we are yet to know. However, we can fairly guess as features like track-changes, footnotes, edits and comments are already missing in the Word Web App.
Microsoft has already announced that their Office Web Apps will beef up “over the next year and beyond”. And the following are some improvements we can expect from these Android apps.
Simpler file management
Faster launch times
Find and Replace feature
The real-time co-authoring feature is something we will see in the near future, though Office Web Apps already allows multiple users to work simultaneously in the same document. With the real-time co-authoring users can see who all the working on a particular documents as well as the edits the other authors are making as they happened. Better still, there is no need to refresh the browser manually. According to Microsoft, real-time co-authoring is already available for the PowerPoint Web App. This feature is also available on Google Spreadsheet, Google Docs and other Google apps.