Top Office Software and Apps for the Windows Phone

Software productivity solutions for your Windows mobile device

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Windows Phone, in both the Windows Phone 8.1 version and the Windows 10 version for smartphones, ships with a native office productivity suite in the form of Microsoft Office applications. The Windows 10 platform for mobile includes applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, as well as OneDrive and Skype for Business — all of which can be downloaded for free from the Windows Store. 

In addition, the Windows Store offers the Mail and Calendar app which syncs with Exchange accounts and the Office 365 Admin app to manage the deployment of Office 365 subscription services.

Because the global market share for smartphones running Windows 10 (or Windows 8.1 Mobile) is very small, not many developers have focused on this platform. However, owners of Windows Phone devices can still use their mobile browser to access other office-productivity apps through a browser interface.

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Microsoft Office Apps

A good place to start when looking for Windows Phone productivity options is the software maker's own solution: ​Microsoft Office. The Windows Store offers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Depending on where you get your Windows Phone, these apps may be already loaded on your device.

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Office 365 Subscription With Office Mobile Apps

If you subscribe to Office 365, you can also use your mobile browser to access Office applications through the Web rather than through a mobile app—a useful feature if your device is already at capacity and you have to delete the (large) Office native apps.

This mobile setup for Office 365 is also available for other mobile operating systems: ​Microsoft Office Mobile App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and iPad Mini and Microsoft Office Mobile App for Android.

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Google Docs and Google Apps

The web-based Google Docs and mobile Google Apps are available via the Google Drive cloud environment, accessible through a Web interface.

Different versions offer different feature availability. The free version is impressive and compatibility issues keep decreasing, but you can also opt to buy a subscription for a business version comparable to Office 365.

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ThinkFree Office (Online)

This free online suite requires a login and includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation interface.

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Zoho Office Online — FREE

Zoho is actually a system of tons of apps, including the Zoho Office productivity apps. The Writer and Sheets apps are accessible through convenient, uncluttered Web interfaces.