Microsoft launches all-in-one Office app for Word, Excel and PowerPoint

If you do a lot of different kinds of document and office editing, it can be frustrating to constantly switch between applications to get things done. To counter this, Microsoft has launched an all-in-one Office application on Android that puts the best of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint under one roof.

Microsoft has followed through on its promise of a unified Office mobile app — for some people, anyway. Following months of beta testing, the company has released the all-in-one productivity app for Android phone users. Like before, this lets you edit Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents without having to switch apps. You can also sift through your OneDrive files, scan real-world documents with Office Lens and read QR codes.

However, earlier, Google provided same amalgam of these apps on Google Drive app. Under this app, users could access all Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which are similar to Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps of Microsoft. But, Google eventually being split up into separate apps, allowing you to install only what you need.

Whether you trust Google or Microsoft with your document, spreadsheet, and presentation creating needs, you would need to download three separate apps for these tasks, as well as potentially their cloud storage app in which to keep your files. It wasn’t always this way, as the Google Drive app used to be an all-in-one hub for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android, before eventually being split up into separate apps, allowing you to install only what you need.

As noted by Android Police, Microsoft is taking the opposite approach, having first released Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as separate apps, all of which are now being combined into one Microsoft Office app. Along with those three productivity apps, Microsoft Office for Android includes OneDrive connectivity and support for signing and scanning PDF files.

But, there are certain limitations to the all-encompassing app. The Office app is available only for Android users specifically, barring iPhone users from such a facility. Moreover, there is no support for tablets or Chromebooks as of now, reports Android Police. The website also highlighted the fact that the neww “locked to portrait mode and has no tablet-specific UI.”

The all-in-one Microsoft Office app will let users perform a number of tasks. Apart from browsing through between Word, excel and other files, the app can also synchronize with the Windows 10 notes application. It also includes a variation of the Office Lens scanner, which just adds to the benefits for Android smartphone users.

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