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MS Word Passes 1 Billion Android Installs

Microsoft Word has been installed on more than 1 billion Android devices, making it one of the rare apps not made by Google or Facebook to reach the milestone.

While Microsoft has ceded its seat at the smartphone OS table and will stop supporting Windows 10 Mobile in December, the company continues to make apps for both Android and iOS.

Many of the most popular apps, including Word in some cases, are automatically downloaded to smartphones running Android.

Word has proven itself the most popular of Microsoft’s smartphone apps designed to replicate its hugely popular Office suite of software.

Others apps such as PowerPoint, Excel and OneDrive have all surpassed 500 million downloads, while email application Outlook has gone past 100 million.

Users get some functionality for free but the full capabilities of the apps require a subscription to Office 365, starting at $10 a month.

Business subscribers also get access to Microsoft’s Teams app, which the company now claims has more than 13 million users.

This number means it has overtaken popular business collaboration app Slack.

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said he’s not worried about being overtaken at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech 2019 conference in Colorado earlier this week.

He implied the numbers were due to the bundling of Teams into the popular Office 365 package already used by many businesses.

Mr Butterfield likened this bundling to Google’s ultimately failed insistence on bundling Google+ with its services.

 

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