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Microsoft has released an Office Mobile application for Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, enabling users to view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere.
The app, which was published on the Apple iTunes App Store today, is aimed at subscribers of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud-based productivity services. Optimised for the iPhone, it enables users to access Office documents that are stored on their SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro or SharePoint accounts.
The company said that while the app will run on iPad units, Office Mobile on iOS has been designed for iPhone and tablet users are advised to use Office Web Apps.
Sadly for UK Apple users, the app is currently only available from the US iTunes store. We contacted Microsoft to ask when it will be available in the UK and will update this story when we get a response.
UPDATE: Microsoft told us that Office Mobile for iPhone will become available in international markets "over the next few days".
Rumours have long been circulating that Microsoft was to release a version of its Office suite for the Apple platform, and the app appears to offer similar capabilities to the Office Mobile built into the Office hub in Microsoft's Windows Phone devices.
For example, documents a user has recently viewed on their computer are also available on their mobile device in the Recent Documents panel. The document will even resume at the place the user last edited on their computer.
Like Office Mobile on Windows Phone, the Apple version of Office Mobile offers fidelity of document formatting and content with Microsoft's desktop Office apps, but does not offer the full set of capabilities; Microsoft says that users can make "quick edits" to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on their iPhone.
Microsoft Office Mobile for Apple devices is a free download, but an Office 365 subscription is needed to use it. It also requires iOS 6.1 or later, supporting the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5. It also runs on 3rd and 4th generation iPad tablets, the iPad Mini and iPod touch.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.