After launching Office for iPad earlier this year, Microsoft was expected to launch the suite of apps on Windows 8 tablets. But ZDNet s Mary Jo Foley now reports that the Redmond-based company actually has the Android platform in sights and will launch Office for Android tablets first. Also Read - Windows 11: Release date, top features to expect, how to upgrade and moreAlso Read - Microsoft Windows 10X cancelled: Here's what happened
According to Foley s sources, Office for Android will arrive before the end of this year, while Windows 8 users will have to wait till next year. Microsoft had in fact already launched Office Mobile for Android phones, but the apps have limited functionality. In comparison, Microsoft Office will include all the apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, optimized for tablets. Users will be able to see all the documents, but will need Office 365 subscription to edit existing files and even create new ones. Also Read - Microsoft Office 2021 for offline 'MS app' usage introduced, coming later this year
While launching the suite of apps on Android before Windows 8 might sound a bit strange, it is actually a sound strategy. Android tablets are more popular than Windows tablets and have a far larger market share too.
The company s new direction was also clear during the launch of Office for iPads, when CEO Satya Nadella was quoted as saying, Our goal continues to be to delight users wherever they are and on whatever device they are using by giving them the full power of native Office apps.