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Microsoft has made a version of its Office software available to Android users - as long as they are not using a tablet.

Subscribers to Office 365 can download the app for free using Google Play and then spreadsheet away to their heart's content. All that's required, apart from the subscription, is Android 4.0 and a mobile device that isn't a fondleslab.

The Android version of Office will eventually be made available in 33 languages across 117 markets.

Redmond's latest offering differs from the iPhone version, which allows the grey Office-using hordes to purchase O365 from within the app. With the new Android version, anyone who isn't chained down to O365 will not be able to open the app.

Guy Gilbert is a senior product manager focused on Office apps across Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android phones. On a Microsoft blog, he wrote: "We are thrilled that Office Mobile for Android phones is available in the US today. Office 365 subscribers will be able to download the app from the Google Play store and activate it. The release of this app shows that we're committed to keep providing additional value for Office 365 subscribers.

"Office 365 subscribers will now be able to access, view, and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with Windows Phone, iPhone and Android phones," he added.

Office is used by millions of grumpy workers every single day of the week, so they will surely be glad to have the ability to edit spreadsheets or refine a presentation as they commute home.

In another post to a Microsoft blog, Redmond mouthpiece Julia White said: "Office 365 subscribers can now work on their Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere - using their Windows Phone, iPhone or Android phones."

Windows phones will come with the software preinstalled and owners will be able to save documents for further editing, without being locked into the Office 365 scheme. ®

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