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Kindle Fire and Fire Phone Get OneDrive App – But Where’s Office?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Android

Microsoft has been making improvements to the Android and iOs versions of their OneDrive app. I told you earlier about an Android update that allowed you to access work and home accounts from the same app and improvements to the photo search functions for iPhones.

Now Microsoft is making a OneDrive app available for Kindle Fire tablets and for the new Amazon Fire Phone. This app allows you to store photos and documents in Microsoft’s cloud. Users get 15 GB of free storage with their Microsoft account.

While the Fire Phone and the Kindle Fire are both Android devices, they use a custom version of Android and users can’t just head to the Google Play store to download apps. They are limited to the apps available in the Amazon store.  I’ve actually been successful at accessing my OneDrive through the Silk browser on my Kindle Fire and have used it to open documents in an office suite with no issues.

But with an app comes added ease and functionality.

Microsoft recently made their OneNote app available for Kindle as well. There’s still no version of Office 365. The popular office suite is available for Android phones, iPhones and iPads, but there’s not tablet-friendly version released yet. There’s not even a touch-friendly version for Windows 8. I’ve found this annoying because I have the Office 365 subscription and it’s good for five devices. I’m can access Word and Excel from my phone, but I have to use another office suite on my tablet. It works, but it seems an unnecessary step.

Office for iPad has been well-received and Microsoft has promised that Office for Android tablets is a priority for the company (even higher up that Office for Windows tablets), but the apps are not available yet.

~ Cynthia


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