Microsoft Word crosses 1 billion downloads on Android

Laurent Giret

Microsoft now has another app that just joined the 1 billion downloads club on Android. As reported by Android Police, the word processor has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times on the Google Play Store, while Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote have now passed 500 million downloads. The all-in-one email and calendar app Outlook still lags behind with more than 100 million downloads as of this writing.

To our knowledge, Word is the second Microsoft app to cross 1 billion downloads on Android after Skype did it two years ago. But as noted by Android Police, Microsoft’s agreements with various smartphone makers to pre-install some of its apps, including Word on Android smartphones mean that these numbers may well be slightly inflated. Moreover, it’s worth download numbers and active users aren’t the same thing.

Microsoft released its Office apps for Android phones back in 2015, making them free to use for all users. There are still many free-to-use third-party productivity suites on the Google Play Store, including Google’s own Docs (with 500 million plus installs of its own, and the same pre-install caveats applied), Sheets and Slides apps. However, Microsoft’s Office apps get new updates every month, and there’s also an Office Insider program if you want to get early access to preview builds.

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