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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Spreadsheet editing

There's not a heck of a lot to say about Excel -- because like Word, the app has everything you'd expect from a fully featured office utility. Using it is comparable to using Excel's desktop version, with the same foolproof compatibility and unmatched range of options and commands.

Android Office: Microsoft Excel InfoWorld

Microsoft Excel spreadsheet editing on Android smartphone (left) and tablet (right)

My only gripe with the Android app is that on smartphones, the program's main toolbar remains hidden and out of reach most of the time. Instead of being accessible on the bottom edge of the screen, as it is in Word, the toolbar in Excel appears only when you tap a special icon in the top-of-screen menu. That's similar to how Word was in 2015, when I knocked it for its (at the time) less-than-stellar UI -- which makes it seem like Microsoft got partway through its Office interface improvements, then for some reason stopped.

The app looks great on a tablet, though, with the same sort of desktop-style top-of-screen tabs I observed in Word on that format.

At a Glance
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