Microsoft is furthering its plans to have Office running across multiple device platforms with the release of a preview of Office for Android tablets, new apps for the iPhone and iPad, plus confirmation that touch-optimised Office apps for Windows 10 are on the way.
Announcing the news on the Official Microsoft Blog, corporate vice president for Office John Case said that the company is "taking the next major step to bring Office to everyone, on every device".
The firm announced new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for iPhone users, along with updated Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, plus a preview of Office for Android Tablet.
To sign up for the preview to test early versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, users will need a tablet running Android Kitkat with a screen size of 7in to 10in.
Microsoft's move comes as German developer SoftMaker is also previewing a suite of full-blown Office apps optimised for Android tablets.
The Office for iPad and Office for iPhone apps are available now, but require an iPad or iPhone running iOS 7.0 or later.
Microsoft also looks set to finally deliver on its promise of touch-optimised versions of the Office apps (PowerPoint pictured below), which have been expected ever since Windows 8 was released.
"Our vision of Office everywhere wouldn't be complete without Windows, so I'm pleased to confirm that new, touch-optimised Office apps for Windows 10 are in the works and we'll have more to share soon," Case wrote.
Microsoft also announced that people can now create and edit Office content on mobile devices without requiring an Office 365 subscription.
Until now, mobile Office use has been tied to the Office 365 cloud service for document storage, which required a paid subscription.
"Starting today, people can create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads and soon Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription," Case said.
"Of course Office 365 subscribers will continue to benefit from the full Office experience across devices with advanced editing and collaboration capabilities, unlimited OneDrive storage, Dropbox integration and a number of other benefits," he added.
The move comes in the same week that Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership to allow editing of and access to Office files from Dropbox.
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