Microsoft released its Office application for Android on Wednesday.
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The perennial excuse of “I’m away from my computer right now, and can’t finish typing this assignment,” might not work anymore.
On Wednesday, Microsoft introduced an Android-version of its Office application, which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint features. This debut followed the June release of an iPhone-compatible version of this app.
In order to run the software, Android phones must come with the 4.0 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. The application does not run on tablet devices.
The app is a free installation, but requires users to open a subscription with Microsoft Office 365, which runs at $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Data is saved in Microsoft’s SkyCloud, so all of the documents, presentations, and spreadsheets are accessible from users’ desktop or laptop versions of Office. One subscription to Office is licensed to work on up to five computers and five smart phones.