Office for Android 2Microsoft is expanding the availability of its Office on Android preview program, orginially announced in November 2014. After two months of a more or less restricted beta phase, as of January 6th, 2015 Microsoft makes the Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) available via the Google Play Store. A seperate pre sign is no longer needed.

Support for Android KitKat and Lollipop

Microsoft Office is now covering ARM based Android tablets with screen sizes between seven and 10.1 inches. The supported platform is either KitKat (4.4) or Lollipop (5.0). Interested users may immediately download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps from the Goolgle Play Store without having to request access or wait.

For details see the Microsoft announcement: http://blogs.office.com/2015/01/06/office-android-tablet-preview-expands/

You can download the Apps at:

Users can provide Feedback via a google community: https://plus.google.com/communities/103523368857649028735

You can find a summary of my first experience with these apps at http://blogs.if-blueprint.de/andreasessing/2015/01/01/microsoft-office-android-tablets/

 

shrpt-logo-isolatedSharePoint is dead – long live SharePoint

Christian Buckley (MVP) together with others MVPs from the SharePoint and Office365 community joined the #CollabTalk tweetjam on December 30.

The focus was to discuss the future of SharePoint. Developers from the Microsoft product group also joined the jam.

Focus questions of the SharePoint #CollabTalk tweetjam

You find my personal summary of the tweets in italic.

  1. Is SharePoint still relevant?
    Summary: Yes, SharePoint as a technology is still relevant, but in the future it will be more part of an overall collaboration story (Office365) for Microsoft. The brand “SharePoint” will become less important.
  2. How important is SharePoint’s hybrid support and on prem roadmap to your customers?
    Summary: Hybrid support for SharePoint is important to the customers. Microsoft needs to be much more transparent about vision, roadmap and functionalities for hybrid scenarios.
  3. What kind of impact is Office365 having on you and your customers?
    Summary: Customers take Office365 into consideration. Exchange and Lync are currently more relevant (easier to implement) than SharePoint. Adaption / deployment rates are still low, not only in Europe. Security is still an issue. Move to Office365 will happen faster in SMB than in larger Enterprises.
  4. What does the removal of Office365 features mean for the future?
    Summary: The feature reduction is not going over well. Transparency and communication of the roadmap needs to be much better.
  5. What 3 features (available or forthcoming) will have the biggest impact on SharePoint in 2015?
    Summary (no clear favorites): Azure AD Integration, better mobile UI and hybrid support, Office 365 API, One Drive for Business, just to name a few ….
  6. What are your predictions for SharePoint as a platform in 2015 and beyond?
    Summary: SharePoint (may be within Office365) will become more and more the integration platform for Enterprise business and productivity.
  7. If you could give one piece of advice to Microsoft re: SharePoint, what would it be?
    Summary: Better roadmap and communication for new features. and my favorite tweet: “While you push innovators to cloud, devices + services, don’t forget mainstream customers who got you here” via @resing

Read the whole summary with the tweets at https://storify.com/buckleyplanet/predictions-for-sharepoint-and-office-365-in-2015

Office for Android 2A couple of weeks ago Microsoft announced the Office version for Android. It shall become available in early 2015. Currently preview versions for Excel, PowerPoint and Word are available. Together with OneNote, OneDrive (for Business), OWA and Lync this sums up to a nice productivity package for Android in the enterpise universe.

The last two weeks I spent some time to install and test  the preview versions on a Lenovo IdeaTablet A3500-FL (7″ Display) with MTK 8121 (1,3 GHz) Quad-Core Prozessor, 1 GB RAM and 8GB storage.

 

 

Some early findings:

  • Compared to other free Office packages on Android (e.g. WPS Office, 60 MB) the Microsoft package is rather large (some 650 MB for Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
  • The Android versions do not have the full Office 2013 for Windows feature set.  (e.g. “Save as” supports only Office Open XML Format, but ODF files could be opened). I haven’t seen a feature comparison table from Microsoft yet.

Over the next couple of weeks I will provide more Information on findings with this new package.

Kind of funny: Support for these preview versions is provided via a google community (currently 23.000 members Worldwide) at https://plus.google.com/communities/103523368857649028735

You can get the preview versions with your Android (system requriements: display larger than 7″ and Android 4.4) via:

I wish all of you a happy new year and happy testing.