A few weeks after releasing Office for iPhone, Microsoft today announced the launch of Office for Android. Any smartphone running version 4.0 or higher would be able to install the Office app. It brings Word, PowerPoint and Excel though there’s a little caveat. Microsoft isn’t offering a standalone version that one can purchase, the app itself is free, but users will require a Microsoft Office 365 subscription in order to view and edit their documents, presentations and sheets.

Given that the editing functionality on this app is very basic, its meant to be used so as to make corrections on the go. One can’t expect to create full fledged documents and presentations through this app. Microsoft hasn’t revealed its plans for an Android tablet version of the app, it recommends using Office Web Apps on tablets. Documents will be stored in SkyDrive and they can be shared via e-mail through the app. The only noticeable different when compared to Office for iPhone is that this app doesn’t lets users purchase Office 365 subscriptions, so you’ll need to get a subscription in advance before being able to use Office for Android.

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