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Kindle Fire: Microsoft Office functionally?

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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011, 8:01:15 PM PDT
I use Microsoft Office Outlook for all of my Contacts, Email, and Calendar. Will there be an application to be able to utilize and sync my Outlook? If not, will the Kindle Fire only be a toy to entertain you?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011, 8:03:05 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Never heard of any for the Android tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011, 8:07:02 PM PDT
QuickOffice. Works well.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 8:45:52 PM PDT
I think you'll be able to use Exchange by Touchdown to sync with your Outlook calendar. It's expensive (~$20), but my company recommended it. I ended up not needing it since the stock email on my Droid X syncs with our system fine so I've never used it, but it looks like they have a version for tablets too.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 9:48:33 PM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
Quick Office looks like a way to use Office files on an Android, but not to sync. And Touchdown looks like it only works with Exchange.

I use Deja Office on my Android smartphone, I don't know enough to know whether it would also work on an Android tablet. It's expensive (Android app is free but to sync with Outlook you have to buy CompanionLink for your PC for $50) and somewhat quirky, but I HAVE to be able to sync Outlook with my smartphone so I put up with the quirks and file tech support requests as needed. It does mesh with the Android phone and texting functions, so I'm able to look up a contact in Deja Office and then call or text from within Deja Office. But I would love to find something better.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 11:42:34 PM PDT
Difficulty syncing with Windows stuff may be what will drive people to Windows 8 Tablets and Phones when they show up 2012. I shifted my calendar and contacts to Google and those sync seamlessly with Android devices.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 8:43:38 AM PDT
Is it possible to run any MS Office Suite programs (Excel, Word) on any tablts out there currently? Will the Kindle Fire be able to run them? I am thinking of buying a fire for each of my kids and would like it to function as almost a mini-laptop-is that possible? I am not an IT geek by any means so I hope these questions aren't too stupid.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 9:45:03 AM PDT
J. Thacker says:
I'm looking for a tablet that will support MS Office and Powerpoint, with USB ports, so I can roam the classroom via a wireless link to my Infocus machine. Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011, 10:27:58 AM PDT
TuxGirl says:
there are some office apps in the amazon appstore. One of them (QuickOffice?) claims to have MS Office-like capabilities, and can save to excel and word formats. However, the onscreen keyboard would be a pain, and it's not clear yet whether it's possible to connect an external one (it's looking like no, but we can't know yet)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 11:01:50 AM PDT
beejayjr says:
MS Office doesn't run on any Android or iOS tablets. For Android, QuickOffice offers the best compatibility, and allows you to create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. I haven't seen whether the Kindle Fire will support all the Android apps. I suspect not. It's the current version of Android (3+), but a modified version of Android 2.3. (They managed to close the Open software).

As for keyboard, most tablets will allow you to add bluetooth keyboard if you want one. Again, Amazon hasn't said whether they're supporting that or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011, 8:37:55 AM PDT
C. Ames says:
Go to They have over 40 solutions listed for you.

Posted on Oct 1, 2011, 9:04:02 AM PDT
I have read so much about the fire in the last several days, I can't remember where I read any particular piece of information, but I think....Cnet showed a picture of the email program on the Fire that you would be able to gather all your mail programs into one for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011, 11:16:51 AM PDT
Many thanks, C. Ames, for the link. Alot of other people interested as well from all of the other posts. Many thanks to everyone!

Posted on Oct 13, 2011, 11:47:50 AM PDT
fire starter says:
I would love to buy a K Fire for surfing around, reading books,movies and using my Microsoft Word. Whay would really be nice if to wait for a K Fire to come out in Wireless AND WiFi...s it stands now can I do what I have stated (minus the wireless) If so then I am ready NOW to order one.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011, 12:46:16 PM PDT
J. Thacker, go to Amazon's Tablet Forum. There are several tablets that'll meet your requirement and there are tablet experts there who will be able to answer all your questions.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011, 12:49:10 PM PDT
Take a look at MS Office 365. It'll work on nearly any device. It is web based and not an app.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011, 9:37:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2011, 9:40:43 AM PDT
D. Frye says:
Is there an app that allows users to use and print Microsoft office programs like: word, Exel docs? Wait... I found my answer in earlier posts. Looks like its a no.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2011, 9:38:46 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
I know this sounds rude, but didn't you even read the messages in the very thread you're posting in?

Posted on Oct 16, 2011, 9:43:26 AM PDT
D. Frye says:
Yeah... didn't read the whole string until after I posted...

Posted on Oct 22, 2011, 11:57:51 PM PDT
L. Mosca says:
Simple question ... do ANY of the tablets out there run the (real) Microsoft Office applications? I don't want to run pseudo-Office. I already have an iPad (toy). Just a straight answer ... are any future tablets going to offer functionality without running unknown workaround versions of real work-a-day software that anybody knows of? Preferably one that's Adobe-friendly as well? In other words, are these costly little toys ever going to offer useful functions?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011, 12:25:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2011, 12:25:50 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Sine you apparently believe that working in MS Office is the only useful thing you could possibly do on a tablet, let's save you some agony and just say "no." Look at netbooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011, 9:25:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2011, 9:27:34 AM PDT
L. Mosca says:
Feeling a little snarky today? It's not just Office ... I'd settle for a few of the Adobe Creative Suite applications. And as to software working with a touch tablet ... well InDesign works well enough on my iPad using LogMeIn to link to my laptop; it's just not useful outside of my home network. If you have no constructive answers, get your jolly's being a smart-*ss with someone else, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011, 9:45:20 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
You post a question that in tone and meaning translates as "does this piece of crap do anything useful?" And you accuse me of snark.

Well, the answer is the answer. Don't like it? Can't help you. I can't help you manage your expectation that a $200 media player can do productivity better than a $500 tablet computer, either. There's no amount of snark that can cope with that level of fantasy.

The Fire is an Amazon iPod Touch with a bigger screen and fewer features, which you'd already understand had you read the product description. Asking about running Office or Creative Suite on it? Look at netbooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011, 9:58:04 AM PDT
Bjeans says:
Yes, I abandoned the very first Droid phone that hit the marketplace because of Outlook email problems (as well as others) - like my deleting an emails and getting them back 5 or 10 times. It was a fairly well known problem and no doubt has been fixed, but I moved to a Windows 7 (now 7.5 "mango") phone for more seamless integration.

I hope has a good solution that isn't the $50 one I've seen out there. I have a shopping/junk email address but Outlook is my main program.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011, 11:30:21 AM PST
wijola says:
and to WebOS
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