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Microsoft has finally launched the official MS Office for Android under the name "Microsoft Office Mobile".

This app was around for some time, but the full features were available only for 365 subscribers. Now it looks like they have decided to launch the app for free, although it will work only on phones, not tablets (at least for the time being).

After spending some time with it, I can say the app is very limited and the edition tools are not as complete as the ones other free apps such as QuickOffice and Kingsoft Office offer, which is weird, especially if we consider that this app comes from the guys at Redmond themselves. The file compatibility is a hit or miss; some documents open fine, but others are unreadable.

Anyway, the app is there for you to try in case you want to (who knows, maybe you like it or find it useful). Just consider that the app is not a small one. It is a 27 MB download and requires Android 4.0 and up to run.

They also launched a free version for the iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/micr...541164041?mt=8 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-office-mobile/id541164041?mt=8)

After a trial run, I note that it works with OneDrive with no local files support. But then one can always turn to the web version of OneDrive to download it to his mobile device. Or can we expect the future versions of Office Mobile should also support local files?

Office Mobile for Android or the iPhone allows you to create, edit and save documents to OneDrive for home use. But the iPad versions only support for viewing, no editing is allowed unless with an Office 365 subscription