Best office apps for Android: get productive at work

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Working can be wonderful when you use Android. And with the right office apps it can be even better. But which office app for Android is the right one with the features you need. We'll answer those questions and more here in our list of the best office apps for Android. 

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Best for PC users: Microsoft Office Mobile

What are Office apps useful for? They are useful for those who need to edit their Microsoft Office documents on their smartphones or tablets.

In January 2015 Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint for tablets were published. Since the end of June 2015, there  are three Microsoft Office apps available for Android on all platforms. Users of the Microsoft Office suite for PC can also edit their office documents on their phones from anywhere. The tablet and smartphone versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are identical.

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Word, Excel and PowerPoint are now available on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

In order to create documents and edit them, you need to have a Microsoft account. By registering, you may also store documents in the Microsoft cloud. The ability to transfer files to Google Drive and edit them are only available with a paid subscription. In addition to these features, there are other features like reviewing changes and adjusting the page layout in Word. Other premium functions for Excel and PowerPoint will be included in future releases. 

Download Microsoft Word here from Google Play.

Best Microsoft Office alternative: FREE Office series

These apps are almost as good as the Microsoft apps. Those who use the Microsoft Office apps probably have to pay and though subscription fees are not very high, you can save money by going with the FREE Office series. These apps include: TextMaker, the Word substitute; PlanMaker Mobile, the Excel replacement; and Free Office, the PowerPoint replacement.

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Make great looking documents for free with Free Office. / © TextMaker

The three apps are distinguished by a simple and intuitive operation of Microsoft document, as well as some useful extras. So app users can access documents that are stored in Google Drive or Evernote. 

Best all-round office apps: Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

Nowadays it's not uncommon to go to work on a document via smartphone or tablet and later on the PC. This feature stores documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud. While also being the best office apps for Android, Google apps are integrated into the Google network. 

Documents from Google Docs can easily be shared with other users. You can create some powerful presentations with Google Slides. And Google Sheets give you the accuracy you need for important spreadsheets. You can also make changes to everything as a team. 

In addition to the three office apps for Google, you should also install Google Drive. With Drive, you can also share other types of files, like photos.

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Install Google Drive when you get the Google package. / © ANDROIDPIT

Do you have any other office apps you use? Let us know in the comments.

Eric Ferrari-Herrmann

Eric Ferrari-Herrmann

Eric has been with AndroidPIT since 2014. He’s writing articles and reviews for the German website. Topics are mostly privacy and new technology but there's also the occasional piece on environmental sustainability.

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  • Alex Apr 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I would also suggest CamScanner App which helps to scan your documents and notes on the go, just by clicking Snaps of them and you can convert them into Handouts and adjust sizes and converting them into PDFs and print the files,CamScanner is one such highly useful App that every Office Guys and School and College going People need.

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    Deactivated Account Apr 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Hola Eric
    Ha Sido Un comentario o trababajo Como prefieras muy interesante ya Que casi siempre los comentarios Que haceis Como Es lógico estan Relacionados Con Los Móviles Y OTRO tipo de aplicaciones. De Estas yo utilizo Google Docs y Google Drive. Tengo Excell por si me hace falta ACTUALMENTE Pero lo utilizo Menos. Un saludo

    P.D.: Lo había corregido pero aparecen las palabras en mayúsculas aún habiéndolas corregido todas. Pero al guardar los cambios vuelven a quedarse en mayúsculas. No lo entiendo y no voy a estar toda la noche corrigiendo zi luego no sirve de nada. Lo siento está mal escrito.
    Una Donostiarra 😉

  • lianne john Apr 21, 2016 Link to comment

    quite a list!

  • McLaren F1P1 Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    WPS Office by Kingsoft for me! Been using for ages and never let me down and it's free. It has a fantastic mobile reader view and supports all formats!

  • Amoun Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    thank you, it's a good topic, and good app to try, for me Im using google app, are all usefull

  • Bret Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    I like MS Office...but @Storm is correct. There are plenty is fantastic free tools available. The subscription fee on MS Office is not worth it.

  • storm Apr 19, 2016 Link to comment

    Às a pro writer, I gave up on MS Office decades ago. There are free tools as compatible and usually better for most purposes. If you're writing something big, FrameMaker is still king. If you're not, free apps such as Open Office and Sigil, calibre and so on are great and can work with most any free mobile app output.

    Yes, big corporate still loves MS Office. But their subscription cost is death by a thousand cuts. I'll take free and better, thank you very much.

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