Microsoft is probably the most famous company that has world-class software for almost any operating system including Mac, Android, iOS as well as Windows. If you often like Microsoft apps over Google apps, this article will let you make that switch. Here are some of the best and free Microsoft apps for Android and iOS that can allow you ditch Google apps and opt for Microsoft on any Android or Apple device.
Top 20 Free Microsoft Apps for Android and iOS
Microsoft has created tons of free apps for Android and iOS. However, not all them are as useful as these following apps are.
1. Microsoft Word
This is the perfect alternative to Google Docs. Microsoft Word can deal with the .docx file. Although this is available for free, you can get more storage by purchasing it for $0.99+. The user interface of both versions is quite good. As it includes material design, you can find it neat and clean. This is possible to create a new document, edit existing document, manage all the documents, etc.
2. Microsoft Excel
This is meaningless to mention the workflow of Microsoft Excel. In case you haven’t used it before, this app can deal with all the spreadsheets. Talking about the alternative, this is a Google Sheet alternative, and you can use it for creating and managing all the Excel sheets. You can include pie chart, use various templates, handle all the .xlxs documents with the help of this app.
3. Microsoft PowerPoint
If you do not like Google Slides, you can use Microsoft PowerPoint on your Android and iOS mobile. It doesn’t matter whether you want to create a presentation for office, school, or business, you can opt for this app. This is more comprehensive than the desktop version. However, you cannot get all the options like the desktop version of Microsoft PowerPoint. The best part is you can share the file with anybody else and make a working environment.
4. Microsoft Outlook
In case you do not like the Gmail app, you can install Microsoft Outlook app on your Android or iOS mobile. This is well-known looks and equipped with a lot of functionalities. Like Gmail, it can be synchronized with cloud storage (OneDrive) and calendar apps. The best thing is you can use any other email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Exchange, etc. in this app.
5. Microsoft Launcher
Although this is not available for iOS, you can download it for Android mobile. It creates a great user interface so that you can revamp your mobile from top to bottom. From personalizing icons to the color scheme, everything is possible with Microsoft Arrow Launcher. You can pin contacts, get “Continue on PC” functionality, create a gesture to open apps, and many more.
Download: Android 4.0.3 or later
6. Microsoft OneNote
When you need a note-taking app and you do not like Google Keep, OneNote is the solution for you. You can synchronize it across multiple devices and get the same notes everywhere. It has a powerful organization window that lets you capture everything on the go. You can create a list, add an image, make visually stunning notes with the help of Microsoft OneNote. Like other apps, you can share a note with anyone right from the OneNote window.
7. Microsoft OneDrive
Microsoft OneDrive is probably the best alternative to Google Drive. Although the price and free storage limit have some significant differences, you can find it very useful when you need to upload different files and share it with someone. From backing up your images to sharing data with friends to giving writing access to someone, you can do everything with Microsoft OneDrive.
You need a VoIP app to call someone? Skype is the solution. Like Google Hangouts, you can invite more than one people to your chat and make a conference on the go. This is very easy to handle all the contacts. But you must have a Microsoft account to create a Skype account. The UI has no clutter, and the chat window is neat and clean, which makes the UI even better.
9. SMS Organizer
Like Arrow Launcher, SMS Organizer is available for Android only. As the name defines, this application can manage all your messages. The highlight of this app is it can create three different categories i.e., Personal, Transactional, and Promotional. It also has a light and dark theme so that you can use it in a low light area. Apart from that, you can find an Archived tab, which contains all the archived messages.
Download: Android 4.0.3 or later
10. Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is a comparatively new application for Android and iOS. If you are a Windows 10 user, you might already know about Microsoft Edge. However, Microsoft Edge is a browser that comes with some well known features such as Continue on PC, Quick share and many more. Apart from that, it provides a good browsing speed, and reading mode for people, who do not like online advertisements.
11. Office Lens
Office Lens can be used by any person including a student, businessman, professor, or a writer. What it does is really awesome. You can scan documents and save that document as Microsoft Word Document. The best part is you can save it in PDF, Word as well as PowerPoint file. Apart from that, this is also possible to save it to OneNote. Meaningless to mention that you can save the document to OneDrive as well as local drive.
12. Microsoft Authenticator
This is a security application, which lets you add a secondary layer of security to your existing account. If you enable 2-step verification, any website can ask for a pin sent via phone call, SMS, or authenticator app. It can be used with Evernote, Gmail, etc. Therefore, if you do not like Authenticator app by Google, you can try out this Microsoft Authenticator. It has same features as the Google’s app.
13. Microsoft Remote Desktop
If you use Windows on your computer and you want to access from being far away from your computer, Microsoft Remote Desktop can help you a lot. You can do almost anything on the remote computer via this free application. Talking about a few features, you would get multi-touch experience, play video/audio, launch any app, and so on.
14. Microsoft To-Do
Being more visually attractive than Google Keep, this is possible to add more tasks, reminder, and divide them into various groups to manage them with ease. The user interface has no problem, and neither does the functionality. All the tasks can be synchronized across multiple devices. However, you must have to use the same Microsoft account on all devices.
15. Microsoft Translator
Who doesn’t like Google Translator? If you are one of them, Microsoft Translator is probably the best option for you that convert text and phrases within moments. If you are using an Android Wear device, you can speak to that to convert your text to another language. Another feature is Multi-person conversation that lets you connect with different people to get your text translated.
Your Android and iOS phone has Google Assistant and Siri respectively. However, if you are looking for another digital assistant app, you can install Cortana on your Android or iOS mobile. It can do almost everything including calling someone, send a message to someone, sing you a song, show weather report etc. the Best thing is you can send notifications from mobile to PC for text, call, or any other notification.
17. Microsoft Flow
If you have ever used IFTTT service, you may understand the workflow of Microsoft Flow since they are almost same regarding performance and availability. In simple words, you can perform various tasks in automation with the help of Microsoft Flow. If you install this app, you can play tasks like changing the wallpaper, show reminder for multiple tasks, etc.
If you are a gamer and you use Xbox, you might need this Xbox app on your mobile so that you can be connected to all the gaming communities, groups, friends, etc. all the times. You can check what your friends are doing on Xbox Line, share updates, game clips, watch and be active with various gaming content and many more. This is also possible to buy games from the official store with the help of this Xbox app for mobile.
19. Microsoft Selfie
It does what the name defines. In other words, you can take a selfie with Microsoft Selfie on Android and iOS. Apart from that, this is possible to enhance the photo within seconds with the help of this tool since it can run your image through various filters based on age, skin tone, lighting, etc. However, this app may not be compatible with all the Android and iOS devices.
Microsoft Kaizala is for them, who work in a team and need to manage a bunch of people every day. By utilizing this app, you would be able to chat 1:1 or make group chat. Also, you can send feedback, make polls, surveys, etc. The best option is location sharing so that you can get different reminders or filters based on the location.
There are more other Microsoft apps that you can install on Android and iOS device. However, these apps are more reliable and can let you ditch Google apps if you like.