Eventually, you’ll no longer need a Windows computer to edit all of your Microsoft Office documents. Microsoft announced that it’s opened up the Office for Android tablet preview to everyone, so you'll no longer have to request access through the Google+ community page.
From Microsoft’s Office blog:
“Today, we are excited to announce that we are further expanding the preview. We want more feedback from more users to ensure that Office apps work well on a range of different Android tablets before launching the official apps. To participate in the preview, you can use an ARM-based Android tablet running KitKat or Lollipop, with a screen size between 7″ and 10.1″. Starting today, anyone can go to Google Play and download the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preview apps. No waitlist. No requesting access. Just go and download the apps!”
You can grab each of the apps from the Google Play store and try them out for yourself. Microsoft also asks that you leave feedback on its Google+ community page.
The story behind the story: Microsoft is making some big moves this year to expand beyond just its Windows and Windows Phone platforms. The launch of the Office for Android Tablets apps for both Android and iOS are just the beginning of the company’s push to become the de facto productivity suite on every mobile platform. It’ll be interesting to see how it competes with the Google Docs suite, however, which already boasts support for Microsoft Office’s proprietary file types.