Since Microsoft has yet to jump on the mobile bandwagon with its Office series (with the exclusion of OneNote), the billions of Windows users (and those using Office for Mac) looking for a mobile alternative haven’t been particularly spoiled for choice.
As with any Play Store category, there are good ones and there and bad ones, but most of them all share one common trait – they’re predominantly expensive. Kingsoft Office, by Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited, hopes to break the chain of overpriced productivity apps by pushing its free alternative to the Android faithful.
It boasts a plethora of great, essential features to anybody wishing to create, export, edit and share documents on the move, and since it doesn’t cost a cent, it’s only right that we bring it to your attention.
You can view .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx files, and while you can’t create PowerPoint presentations, you can make Word documents and Excel spreadsheets in formats to support Office 2003 and earlier, or Office 2007 and later.
Boasting an easy-to-navigate user interface, Kingsoft Office works nicely on both the large screen of the tablet, and also, the smaller (albeit ever increasing) screen diameter of the smartphone. Of course, the tablet will also be the the superior product when it comes to creating documents due to its sheer superiority in terms of real estate. That said, Kingsoft Office also delivers when it comes to the smaller device, and altering the options to tailor your experience is very simple indeed.
As well as your basic Office documents, you can also view .pdf files – one of the most common document formats on the planet. It boasts a built-in file manager which gives you the option to automatically organize your Office documents, and its close ties with the mail app mean you can easily send and receive your documents and attachments.
The reviews by Android users speak for themselves. several thousand reviews later, Kingston Office boasts a 4.5/5 rating, and with such an expansive set of features packed into a free app, it’s not difficult to ascertain why. Considering you can pay in excess of $20 for an average competitor, you’d be foolish not to consider Kingsoft.
Download Kingsoft Office for Android [Google Play link]
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