In the official press release, Microsoft has announced that it is removing the need for Office 365 subscription to edit Office documents from Office Mobile for iPhone and Android smartphones. The Office Mobile is now completely free and can be used to view and edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentations.

Office for Android

Earlier, Office Mobile still used to be a free application but only allowed users to view Office documents and the consumers needed Office 365 subscription to edit the documents.

To remind you, Office Mobile works on smartphones running Android 4.0+ or above and you will need a free Microsoft account to create, edit or save documents.

Here is a quick recap of Office Mobile for Android features:

  • Access Office documents that are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint.
  • Recent Documents: Office Mobile is cloud-connected, so your recent documents panel is always synced.
  • View and edit Office documents attached to email messages.
  • Support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes.
  • Optimized for phones
  • Resume Reading: Automatically resumes at the place where you left off reading, even if you last viewed the document on your PC or tablet.
  • Presentation Views: The Slide Navigator view in PowerPoint lets you browse slides faster, while speaker notes help you practice your presentation.
  • Make quick edits and share
  • Documents Remain Intact: Formatting and content remain intact when you edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on your phone.
  • Create new Word and Excel documents on your phone.
  • Review comments that have been made in Word and Excel documents on your phone and add your own comments.