Converged Microsoft Office app available for public testing

Remember that “all-in-one” Microsoft Office application we highlighted last month?

Well, in case anyone ever doubted, it’s very real and, you can take it for a spin prior to its official release.

Known simply as Microsoft Office, the new Office app puts together Word, Excel and PowerPoint under one roof.

Importantly, it converges the 3 under Microsoft’s cloud service, OneDrive, from where all files that one creates on their mobile phone or tablet are stored by default. Any sticky notes that one has recently taken on their Windows computer will also show up on the app.

For existing OneDrive and Office 365 users, recent files from either of the three applications that they have worked on recently are available immediately. One needs to access the OneDrive app in order to open any older works using the new app.

New documents can be created directly by using the option to create new Word documents, Excel workbooks or PowerPoint presentations by clicking the prominently-placed + button at the bottom. They can also be created the same way by scanning already-existing documents.

In addition to being a PDF viewer, the app can also be used to sign PDFs. It can also be used to take down notes that go into the Sticky Notes app as well as a QR code reader to open links.

Those interested in giving the new converged Office app a try have to register for its public beta (details here) from where they’ll get a link to download it from the Google Play Store.

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According to Microsoft, the application should run comfortably on Android devices with at least 1GB RAM and running on any of the last 4 major versions of Android i.e. all the way back to Android 6.0, Marshmallow.

The new Office app also comes with the new Office logo based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design.

Office (Microsoft 365)
Office (Microsoft 365)

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