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Microsoft Office on Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Initial post: Oct 30, 2013 4:03:55 PM PDT
jamess says:
I pre-ordered the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and I would like to know if it comes with a form of Microsoft Office, or if I can add it to my tablet because I recently bought Microsoft Office 2013 for my computer. Or if the new Kindle comes pre-set with a document editing app. I am a high school student and would like to be able to type my documents on my Kindle some times, or if I cannot get to my computer but have some free time. Any information would be just great. thanks :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 4:07:17 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
The Fire HDX does come with an Office-like app but not MS Office itself. It will create, read, edit and save MS Office files.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 4:09:06 PM PDT
To the best of my knowledge, Microsoft does not have a version of Office that will run on and Android OS. The best that you can do, is to purchase (free or otherwise) an app that will let you open and edit Office documents. There are some available. I suggest checking the Amazon app store.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2013 11:21:12 AM PST
C. Palmer says:

Microsoft does have an Office Mobile app that runs on Android IF you have an office 365 subscription.

If you are going to purchase a document editor it might make sense to buy the 365 subscription which allows you to install office on multiple machines.

(not affiliated to Microsoft or anyone else - just crossed this way while reading up on something and happen to have it installed on my Android phone)

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:30:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2013 7:31:18 AM PST
Mark Mueller says:
Can the MS Office Mobile App run on a Kindle Fire HD or HDX? I already have Office 365 subscription for my HS students' PCs, so it would be nice to be able to use it on the Fire also.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:42:00 AM PST
L. Hill says:
Mark - something I would like to know as well...there is no "MS Office 360" app in the Amazon store...and in the Google Store, there is a litany of devices it won't work on. I am a heavy Office user - Word, PPT, Excel - depend on it daily. I have found Officesuite Pro 7 works OK - you can open, edit, and create new documents there. Obviously, it is not as full-featured as the full Office Suite...but it works. For instance - I use a customized bullet system - 5 levels of indented bullets with custom wingdings and custom page size built as a template in Word...however, I cannot open that template and create a new word document using that template in Officesuite will not hold those bullets. It will keep the page size, but that is it. works...but not as well. It is one of only 3 paid apps I have on the Fire...and despite its flaws, it was well worth it. Right now, it is on sale in the Appstore...
OfficeSuite Professional 7
Understand - the fire has the basic version (read - free!) of Officesuite - it will open, but not let you create, documents. Hope this helps...

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:42:31 AM PST
OfficeSuite Professional works great and is on sale for $4.99, reduced from $14.99.

Others have recommended WPS Office + PDF but I've never tried it so can't compare the two.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:44:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2013 7:47:11 AM PST
I don't know anything about compatibility with MS Office, but this freebie word-processing app works quite well on the Kindle Fire's Kingsoft Office for Android (Free).

I can also recommend this free app for easily jotting down VERY BRIEF notes ColorNote Notepad Notes and this $2.00 item Notebooks Pro for somewhat longer and better organized notetaking.

Whether or not any of these 3 apps can export material into different devices or formats, I cannot say, as I've never tried it.

PS, I tried the Office Suite Pro (recommended above) several years ago, found it clunky and very difficult to manage. That was a while back, however, perhaps it is greatly improved now.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:49:49 AM PST
If there will be a lot of typing, consider also buying an external keyboard. Maybe this one AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Devices (fits All Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX models), Black?

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:54:53 AM PST
L. Hill says:
Wild - yes, when I first had Officesuite, it was VERY update about a year ago really improved things. Not quite as user friendly as MS Office, but it works...

And, ditto for keyboard...I have that very keyboard, and use it a great deal...travels well, small, decent battery life.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:55:42 AM PST
Tinker-bella says:
I have every paid office-compatible pro app available (including one no longer available) on my HD and HDX, and my favorite is still a free one mentioned earlier by James and Wild Reader: WPS Office + PDF

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 8:23:07 AM PST
Hard to say since the Fires use a customized version of Android.

from the Office q&a -
What is the difference between the Office Web Apps and Office on Demand?

The new Office on Demand can instantly stream your Office applications to any PC running Windows 7 or higher, when you want it to. Like Office Web Apps, Office on Demand allows users to access Office and their documents from anywhere.
Office Web Apps are best suited for quick viewing and editing, while Office on Demand provides access to your full-featured Office applications.

Office Web Apps are available across a variety of operating systems, devices, and browsers, providing access to Office tools and your documents when working from non-Windows 7 PCs (and earlier), from other platforms (Mac OS and Linux, or from non-Windows Tablets).
What mobile apps are available for Office?

Office provides the following apps: Office Mobile: Now available for select models of iPhone, in addition to being preinstalled on Windows Phone 8. Office Mobile enables great Office content viewing and on-the-go content editing capabilities. Office Mobile for iPhone is available at no extra charge from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. After signing in to an Office 365 account, you can view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. And you can count on Office Mobile to keep your content and formatting intact so the document still looks great when you're back on your PC or Mac.
Note - Office on Demand only works on PC's.

I would draw your attention to this comment - "Office Web Apps are best suited for quick viewing and editing, while Office on Demand provides access to your full-featured Office applications. "

From that, I would suggest that you won't get all the features of Microsoft Office, if that was what you wanted. If you already have a subscription, I would suggest, trying and see if it meets your requirements.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 8:28:20 AM PST
With voice to text on the new Kindle it is really not necessary to get a Bluetooth keyboard. Dictating your words are a lot easier than typing them that's what I've been doing it works just wonderful.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 8:31:18 AM PST
Mark Mueller says:
Thanks for all the responses! I may give Kingsoft Office for Android at try, though cost isn't an obstacle for the MS Office Mobile app since I've already paid for a subscription to Office 365. So if it's available on the Fire I figured I might as well use the MS app. I just don't want to install from the Google Play store (via weblink above) and find out it messes up anything on the Fire.

One other aspect is I'm more interested in the Excel/spreadsheet compatibility than Word. How well does Kingsoft stack up on the Excel-compatibility front?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 8:47:40 AM PST
L. Hill says:
T -what "app" are you dictating to? I have not seen this yet...nor tried it. I already had the keyboard for my Fire HD, so no issue there...

Mark - using OfficeSuite Pro, I can open and manipulate Excel sheets without a problem...I haven't tried to "build" any yet - but I have manipulated fairly complex workbooks from my HD and HDX. One "challenge" - size. We have one workbook that is legal formatted - it opens the page and is small...but pinch and zoom work just fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 8:52:41 AM PST
A. Dietz says:
L., it's not an app. The new Kindle Fire HDX models got an update recently that adds a microphone to the keyboard. You have to be connected to WiFi for it to work, but it works great so far.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2013 8:58:40 AM PST
L. Hill says:
So...any app that uses the keyboard...will use this dictation ability? As I don't use the on-screen keyboard much at all, I hadn't noticed the little mic on the keyboard!!! Is there some menu to "control" this feature...and on a quick test, it is slow...have to wait to receive the entire text before it translates and "writes" it to the document?

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 9:17:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2013 9:22:34 AM PST
I noticed the slowness in the beginning when I first started using this however as it got to know my voice it tends to work a lot better. I do realize I am talking a little bit slower than my normal conversational voice but it seems to work well. Yes it does wait to stop talking before will show you what you're writing however if you pause it will show you what you've done

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 3:21:54 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 16, 2013 3:35:15 PM PST
**Meya** says:
It's a nice feature. My iDevices have it also. You get used to talking one sentence at a time. You can add punctuation too. You speak the punctuation. Here's an example:

"How do I use this new speech to text function?"

I spoke that entire sentence.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 3:35:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2013 3:35:52 PM PST
**Meya** says:
Dreaded double post.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2013 7:40:50 PM PST
OfficeSuite Professional 7 app now to your Kindle Fire or other Android devices from the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Posted on Dec 17, 2013 6:47:19 AM PST
L. Hill says:
Meya - when you say "speak the punctuation" - do you mean saying "Hello period How was your day questionmark" to get "Hello. How was your day?"...I'm apparently vocally challenged...when I did this, I got the period, but not the question there an "adaptive training" algorithm that "learns" as you speak more? Of course...the dog thought I was nuts when I was talking to my Fire...kept looking at me, and looking around, as if to say " just you and me here...I think your tea fermented and went to your head..."...then the kids walked in as I was trying to get the punctuation...I was saying "Hello Period" over and over...and my youngest said "Well, HELLO PERIOD to you too dad!!!" I haven't had much time to actually play with the speech aspect yet...maybe after the first of the year...boy, a little mic attached to the Fire would be nice for notes and dictation!!!

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 12:29:48 AM PST
PS56k says:
the other thing that no one mentioned, and it looks like the OP didn't have any other comments,
is how to "share" the docs between the tablet and any other computer, laptop, pc...

Of course things like Dropbox come to mind - along with all the other "cloud" storage services across multiple devices.
Just thought I would toss that out there in case the OP was still lurking.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:56:24 AM PST
My family just received HDs and HDXs for Christmas. I downloaded Kingsoft. However, when I try to open a file, it takes me to a set of directories under /storage/emulated/0/xxxxx. I do not see the files that I downloaded from my email or the files that I sent through kindle mail in Kingsoft. How do I access my files? Thanks for the help.
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