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It’s official. Microsoft has announced that they will officially be launching Office for Android which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These have been designed for Android smartphones and thus offer the ability to review and edit files while on the move, present PowerPoint presentations from your phone, and even load up documents stored on Google Drive, Dropbox etc. As for system requirements, they require 1 GB of RAM and are developed to run on Android 4.4 KitKat or above, although Android M is not yet supported.

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The apps can be used free of charge as long as you have a free Microsoft account. However, certain extra features require you to have an Office 365 subscription.

The apps will also be pre-installed on devices from over 30 OEMs, including Samsung, LG, Sony, and others and are slated to arrive in retail stores later in the year.

Those who don’t want to wait though (like myself) can download the apps via Google Play. For those who do not have access to this can use a number of alternative app stores such as Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, and CMCC. Even the Samsung Galaxy Store also offers others around the world access to download.

The apps have been tried and tested on over 1,900 different Android phones across 83 countries in order to ensure that everything works as it should. For example, the ability to connect to third-party storage services such as Google Drive and Dropbox was a result of these testing methods.

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