Microsoft has dominated once again with Office mobile.  Both across Android and iOS the most popular productivity apps are Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but don’t forget OneDrive, SharePoint, or Groups.  Believe it or not, your Office documents are very usable on all of the popular devices now.  From iOS to Android and all the form factors up through the iPods, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro are rich.  As the form factor gets bigger, the apps get more robust.  The touch versions of Office are solid and very useful.

Don’t be afraid to install and use these apps.  Below you’ll get some of Microsoft’s own descriptions of these apps which have been downloaded over a hundred million times. The newest apps in the Office family are also some of the best.  Office Lens, OneNote, OneDrive are incredible.  All of these are rated 4 and higher across Android and iOS.

Outlook Mobile App

Microsoft OutlookIf you’re still using the default mail app on your phone it’s time to upgrade.  Seriously, the Outlook Mobile App by Microsoft is the best mail app on the planet.  Outlook, which was an acquisition of Accompli, the most popular mail app, and then continuous updates and rich integration into the other office mobile apps.  It is more solid, provides better insights, and is simpler to use.

“Meet Outlook for Android, the app that helps millions of users connect all their email accounts, calendars and files in one convenient spot. Newly redesigned, Outlook for Android lets you do more from one powerful inbox. See what matters most first with the Focused inbox that keeps the important messages on top. Switch between your emails and calendar to schedule your next meeting or share your availability with just a few taps. Or grab a document from your Files list and attach it to an email seamlessly.”

Microsoft Word App

Microsoft WordMicrosoft’s popular Word Processor is now on your mobile devices. And you can now even load PDFs in Word.

“The familiar Word app lets you create, edit, view and share your files with others quickly and easily. It also lets you view and edit Office docs attached to email messages. Work with anyone, anywhere with confidence. With Word, your Office moves with you everywhere supporting you whether you are a blogger, a writer, a journalist, a columnist, a student working on assignments or a project manager working on documentation, it will be as handy as you want it to be. Word introduces PDF reader and makes reading a PDF easier for you. It enables you to read your PDFs and e-books while traveling, before bedtime or wherever you want.”

Microsoft Excel App

Microsoft ExcelSpreadsheets on your phone.  Not only that, but calculations, formulas, and really a decent app for viewing your spreadsheets.

“The familiar Excel spreadsheet app lets you create, view, edit and share your files with others quickly and easily. It also lets you view and edit workbooks attached to email messages.”

Microsoft PowerPoint App

Microsoft PowerPointPowerPoint mobile app makes it easy to view or edit existing PowerPoint files, so you can work on presentations from your phone.

“The PowerPoint app gives you access to the familiar tool you know and use across devices. Quickly access PowerPoint to create, edit, view, present, or share quickly and easily from anywhere. Need to access your most recently used PowerPoint Presentation files quickly while on the go? No problem, PowerPoint provides a quick view of the files you have been working on for easy access on any device. Worried about multiple file versions when you work on PowerPoint mobile? Syncing is seamless across devices.”

Microsoft Office Lens App

Microsoft LensOffice Lens is a favorite.  Your ability to scan and extract content and save documents in OneNote or OneDrive, or save documents as PDFs is super powerful. It will impress your friends and colleagues, and even improve your tweets of slides and whiteboards.

“Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents. Increase your productivity by eliminating time spent looking for documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Whether you’re using it for business or education, Office Lens will help you save and share your documents in OneNote and OneDrive so you can all work together. Capture the whiteboard at the end of the meeting and keep those action items on track. Share OneNote meeting notes with your co-workers. Scan business cards and save the information to your contact list and OneNote. Scan printed documents and save them in Word and OneNote so you can edit and annotate them later.”

OneDrive Mobile App

OneDriveMicrosoft combined the personal and business into one easy to use app with quick access to your documents.

“Get to and share your documents, photos, and other files from your Android device, computer (PC or Mac), and any other devices you use. The OneDrive app lets you easily work with your personal and work files when you’re on the go.”

Microsoft Delve App

Microsoft DelveDelve is powerful for seeing what people are working on and essentially finding documents that have been shared with you over email, or recently uploaded to your groups, SharePoint, or OneDrive.  It does a good job of finding those documents you didn’t even know you were looking for.

“Use Delve to see what you and your colleagues are working on across Office 365. Based on who you work with and how you work together, Delve suggests documents that are relevant to you. You’ll only see content that has been shared with you. This means that your colleagues won’t see your private documents, and you won’t see theirs.”

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