Microsoft launching beta programs for upcoming Android tablet version of Office

By Justin Kahn
Jul 2, 2014
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  1. Microsoft is readying an entirely tablet focused version of Office for Android, and reports say the company is currently looking for testers to give the upcoming apps a spin. Now nearly a year after we got Office for Android phones,...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,134   +502

    Still don't see why anyone would want to suffer at trying to be productive on a tablet. Sure, you can buy a wireless keyboard but at that point you've basically paid for a low-powered laptop that may not even support a mouse.
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,079   +343

    You are looking at it all wrong, let me give you an example:

    I work with a colleague on the same spreadsheet, where we manage workload for a small transportation company, having information on drivers, points of origin and destionation and who/what/etc etc etc. This sheet is xlsx and it contains special formating that no other suite currently available for android can manage (Resulting in a saved file deleting all the special format and complex formulas), yes I can read it but I can't modify it.

    Now, my partner receives a call with a request for transportation, he stopped driving and is parked needing to see the workload ASAP and determine which driver could do the job, and of course he needs to add this to the sheet.

    Yes, he could have with him in his backpack his laptop, which he would have to go and get and power on and wait and use uncomfortably in a car, or, he could do the same on his phone or tablet in way less time.

    When you talk productivity you are thinking he will sit to write a whole esay on his tablet, which is not how other people think about it.

    On bigger trips when you have space and weight restrictions it's always better to move light with a tablet+wireless keyboard, instead of a bulky notebook, etc etc etc.
  4. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,120   +58

    Sure, you paid for a low-powered laptop, but you paid only around $200 and it weighs just 500g with the keyboard (assuming a 7" tablet).

    I edited stories on a Psion Series 5mx, so don't talk to me about low powered small laptops, sonny. :)

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