Last answer: November 29, 2016
1. Hey Jen,
This tablet is running the Android operating system, It is compatible with the Android versions of the Microsoft programs.
2. This tablet uses the Android 6.0 operating system, so it will not run Windows programs. HOWEVER, Microsoft has created FREE Android versions of Word and Excel, Outlook and OneNote, which you can get at the Google Play Store at no cost. You can also get Microsoft's on-line cloud storage, OneDrive, which makes it fairly easy to import your files. Saving them back to OneDrive is a little cumbersome, but possible -- or you can e-mail your files or save them on the Micro-SD card for easier transfer.
3. Yes. I even run the MS Office Apps (free) on my Android phone.
4. You can put the Microsoft apps on the device but if you are planning on using the free version that you can get with a Hotmail or Outlook account then it will not work. You have to have an Office 365 account in order to use it with this device. Microsoft has a little-known rule that the screen sized must be 10.1" or under to get the free service. If you have an Office 365 account it works fine. For more details see https://products.office.com/en-us/mobile/office.
5. Yes, you can use Word and Excel on this tablet but be warned. There is a little-known stipulation that a tablet must have a screen 10.1" and under to use the free version using a Hotmail or an Outlook account log-in. To use the apps with this device you must have an Office 365 account. As philandy said there is the online version of Office that you can use with your browser but you have to have WiFi to use it.
6. Google has software already installed (create-docs-sheets) which is their version of work and excel. The google software is compatible with Microsoft. In addition, if you have files on USB flash drive, they can be edited using Google software, and then copied back to your desktop in Microsoft format.
7. You can download the excel and word app for free from Andriod store. I have on all my devices. Everything is tied to email so that I can open from anywhere. On tablet I open via google drive.
8. You can also use the online versions of Office through a browser.
9. Yes. As others have noted, Microsoft Office apps WILL WORK on Android devices. Please note that you are limited to the number of DIFFERENT DEVICES that you are allowed to have Office installed on at the same time. Refer to your Microsoft Office account to confirm the number you are permitted.
If necessary, Microsoft Office has an online chat service available 24/7 in addition to telephone support to assist with installation on your Android devices.
10. I have found from past experience with this tablet that if you truly want to run Microsoft Office apps like Word and Excel on the fly, then get the FREE Open Office for Android which includes Writer (Word), Chart (Excel), Base (Access), Presentation (PowerPoint), etc. It will also import ANY Microsoft document and convert it to Open Office format. It also gives you many Save Options when you go to save it, so you can pull in a Word (.doc file) or an Excel (.xls), work on it and save it back as the original file type, pdf, Open Office format, etc...... My personal opinion is that the Open Office suite of apps is way better and less cumbersome than the Google apps. The look and feel of OO is so similar to Microsoft apps that there is little to no learning curve.......
11. You can run Android compatible Microsoft apps on this device.