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It comes a surprise that Microsoft is starting to make its presence felt in environments it used to avoid. The general availability of Microsoft Office for Android was announced as early as June of 2015.

Just like the Office apps for Windows and iOS, the new Office for Android phone apps are modern, optimized for touch and designed for work on the go.

Take note though, there are many Office suites out there released by Microsoft. Let’s check them out.

Office Mobile

Office Mobile

Can edit and save docs from Excel and Word. Requires free Microsoft Account.
Verbal restrictions only for Commercial Use. No restrictions otherwise.
Requires 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above

Microsoft Word

Word

View, edit and save. Requires free Microsoft Account.
[PAID]Copy and paste, render tables in screens more than 10″
Requires 4.4 (Kitkat) and above

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Excel

View, edit and save. Requires free Microsoft Account.
[PAID]Copy and paste, render tables in screens more than 10″
Requires 4.4 (Kitkat) and above

Powerpoint

Powerpoint

View, edit and save. Requires free Microsoft Account.
[PAID]Copy and paste, render tables in screens more than 10″
Requires 4.4 (Kitkat) and above

As you can see, the newer ones have unusual restrictions, but all requires a Microsoft Account. Reviews are rather mixed too, with some users not being able to use the app at all, while others have found it useful.

The latter 3 apps will not work on anything earlier than Kitkat. Those with Jellybean and Ice Cream Sandwich phones are stuck with Office Mobile, which may be a blessing in disguise.

For those that have been able to use it, there are majority of users who agree it is a better experience in comparison to other alternatives previously offered in Android.

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