The best office apps for Android

Microsoft finally got serious about mobile, and Android office contenders have been forced to keep up

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The bottom line

Putting it all together, Google's mobile office suite is ideal for business users who have relatively basic needs and for whom collaboration, sharing, and interaction are important. (More broadly, it obviously also makes sense for anyone who's already invested in the Google ecosystem.) While Docs, Sheets, and Slides don't have the robust features or foolproof file fidelity that Microsoft's Office apps provide, they'll be powerful enough for a lot of people -- and their advantages in the aforementioned areas are not insignificant.

Microsoft's products, however, clearly create the best overall office suite for most business users -- particularly those who need all the desktop-level bells and whistles and a guarantee of flawless file fidelity. Microsoft's suite has evolved into a real powerhouse -- a jack-of-all-trades that manages to offer ample functionality without feeling overly complicated. The fact that the Android apps will be immediately familiar to users of their desktop equivalents is also a meaningful perk for any company already using Office on other platforms.

That creates a real problem for MobiSystems. For a long time, its app was the best choice for Android users who needed a fully featured mobile office solution. But with Microsoft finally getting serious about Android, it's hard to come up with a reason why anyone should choose OfficeSuite over the actual Office products anymore.

Sure, OfficeSuite is a bit less expensive -- but if you're a large or even midsized business, you probably already have a Microsoft subscription. And if you're a smaller business or an individual user who can't justify the cost, Microsoft's free tier of service may well suffice for your mobile productivity needs (as may Google's simpler and more cloud-driven equivalent).

The Android office suite showdown has basically become a two-horse race -- and at this point, it shouldn't be tough to tell whether Google's approach or Microsoft's makes the most sense for you.

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