There is no denying that Android is the world's most popular mobile phone operating system with Google saying last year that on any given thirty-day rolling period there are more than a billion users of the OS. So when you are working to get your productivity software into the hands of a billion users, you can't ignore the OS.
Microsoft has already released Office for Android tablets and today they are taking it one step further with Office apps for the phone as well. If you want to try these apps out, you will need to join the Microsoft Office for Android preview program which you can do here.
After you join the program, hit the download links below, but be aware that it may take up to four hours for the permissions to be applied to your account to enable the apps.
The new apps will replace the current Office Mobile app for Android and offer the same touch-optimized Office experience currently available for Android tablets but for a smaller screen.
Bringing Microsoft's latest iteration of Office to the Android platform is a strategic move for the company. While they would love if every user bought a phone running Windows, as the market has shown, that is not happening at a fast enough rate for the Redmond-based company.
So, the next best thing is to make sure Office, one of the company's largest revenue drivers, is available wherever the consumer is, which means Office on Android devices is a must.