Free Alternatives To Office Mobile

Create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations with limited text formatting, comments, and support for multiple worksheets. Others can view documents from remote locations as you edit them and you can print  files using Google Cloud Print. It’s not a replacement for full versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint but you can open  files in these formats and it has more features than Office Mobile. All edited documents are synced to all devices that Google Drive is installed on. Not as comprehensive as some office apps but offers much more than just cloud storage. GOOGLE DRIVE ● Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v ● iPad | iOS 5.0 | Free | v1.4.0

Like AcerDocs this app gives you access to Microsoft Office documents saved on a remote computer. Rather than just opening the  les though, it allows you to remotely control the desktop. That means you can edit  files directly on that computer using your own version of Office. Although the app is optimised for touchscreens, your computer isn’t. Therefore, Office might not work as well as it does with a mouse – your computer must also be left on to use it. Still, you can easily upload  les if you want to edit them directly on a mobile device. Fantastic features for free, this is the best remote access option. TEAMVIEWER ● Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v 8.0.1055 ● iPhone+ | iOS 4.3 | Free | v 8.0.10095

This is one of the few o ce suite apps that are available for both iOS and Android, standing out because it’s free and  exible. You won’t  find some features that paid office apps like Smart Office 2 include, such as the ability to save to a cloud storage service. It would be churlish to complain, though, given that you can create and edit  files compatible with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It also o ers templates and a variety of formatting options, all of which are easy to access in Documents To Go-style menus at the bottom of the screen. Attractively designed with enough features that you’ll be surprised it’s free. OLIVEOFFICE ● Android | OS 2.1 | Free | v1.0.85 ● iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.0.5

Like TeamViewer, this app gives you control over a remote computer. If Microsoft Office is installed on that machine, you can edit documents with ease as well as access Office components not supported by Office Mobile. You can use a Gmail account to connect quickly but the free version only allows you to register and control one computer, and you can’t upload  les you’ve created or edited on the remote computer. As a result, you have to save them to a cloud storage service installed on the server or use a web browser to access them. Works well for remote access but lacks some features similar apps have for free. POCKETCLOUD REMOTE RDP/VNC ● Android | OS 2.2 | Free | v 1.3.126 ● iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v2.2.152

This app works like CloudOn by giving you access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the developer’s remote servers. The big differences are that you also get a virtual Windows desktop and the full functionality of Microsoft’s programs. Speed and responsiveness are surprisingly good, which makes it easy to access many O ce features with single taps. However, cloud services aren’t supported without a subscription and the app is currently only available for tablets, with the iOS version is restricted to the USA. A great online alternative to O ce if you’re in the right place. ONLIVE DESKTOP ● Android | OS 2.3 | Free | v1.2 ● iPad | iOS 4.3 | Free | v1.02

CloudOn doesn’t directly put Office programs on your tablet or smartphone but instead lets you access them through a CloudOn workspace. You can create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint  files and view several other  file types. The app also supports Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive so you can sync edited  les with other devices. You need a free CloudOn account but that puts far more Office features at our  ngertips than Microsoft’s own o ering, with little noticeable di erence in speed. Great solution for putting many Microsoft Office features in one app – but requires internet access. CLOUDON ● Android | Varies | Free | Varies ● iPhone+ | iOS 5.0 | Free | v4.1.1