Microsoft rolls out Office for Android phones; Word, Excel, PowerPoint available for public download

Microsoft has announced the official launch of Office for Android phones.

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Microsoft's new Office apps do a good job of helping us navigate a world in which we frequently switch from one device to another – from a Mac to a Windows PC, with a smartphone or tablet along the way. (Image: Microsoft website)

Microsoft has announced the official launch of Office for Android phones.

According to the, the services released includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint designed for the Android smartphone, follows earlier efforts of Microsoft at bringing Office to Android tablets, in addition to support for Office on iOS devices, Windows and OS X. The release comes five weeks after the company rolled out the suite of applications as a preview

The Office apps support many of tasks, including the facility to review and edit files, presenting PowerPoint presentations from phone and quickly pulling up documents stored on competing services like Google Drive, Dropbox or Box.

The apps will replace the older Office Mobile and will require 1 GB of RAM and Android KitKat or above. Android M is not yet supported.

The apps are free to users who have a free Microsoft account, but a number of extra features aimed at power users can be enabled with an Office 365 subscription.

The apps will be pre-installed on devices from over 30 OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) including Samsung, LG, Sony and others, the company notes.

The apps are now available to the public for download.

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First published on: 25-06-2015 at 15:44 IST