A preview of the Office 365 SDK has popped up on Github today. While Microsoft has thus far shunned Office on the top mobile OS, they may see this as huge new source of revenue. Personally, I’ve found all the “office like” apps currently available to be a bit lacking, though I’m not saying 365 is a great option either.
For those unfamiliar, Office 365 is a yearly subscription to a cloud based version of Microsoft Office. It costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year (USD) and supports up to five licenses. For most people, buying either Office Home and Student ($139.99) or Home and Business ($219.99) is a better option. The latter options are only for once license, but are not subscription based licenses. This means you pay more upfront, but save over any length of time.
The Office 365 SDK supports API 15+, which means Android versions 4.0.3 and up will be supported. The overview states that with the Office 365 SDK you will be able to access stored data. Nothing is expressly stated about creating new documents. From the overview:
With the Office 365 SDK for Android Preview, it’s now possible to use data stored in Microsoft Office 365 from your Android Apps. This means, you can access SharePoint lists, folders or Exchange calendar, contacts and emails from within your Android-based applications.
If you’d like to see what folks are saying about the Office 365 SDK popping up, head on over to this Reddit page where we discovered the publication.