Microsoft officially launches Office for Android phones


Microsoft is rolling out the official Office app to Android users after a test phase that started last month. Android users can now download updated apps for Word,Excel and PowerPoint that are touch-optimized, similar to the Android tablet experience. Users who signed up for the preview will automatically get the updated app.

The new apps are optimized for smaller screens, with layouts and touch optimization for one-handed use. New users can get a quick, animated rundown of how to use the mobile-optimized apps with this handy getting started guide.

Microsoft has been enhancing its mobile offerings for all handsets lately. With acquisitions of Sunrise, Accompli and Wunderlist, the software giant is quickly building a stable of apps already popular on mobile devices. At the same time, Microsoft is updating its own signature apps with the accessibility and mobile sensibility that made those acquired apps so popular in the first place.