Microsoft has launched the full versions of its Office suite of applications for Android smartphones, offering corporate customers access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Microsoft corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer announced the launch in a blog post, claiming the apps have been optimised for the OS using data collected during the "preview" period, which saw them tested on "over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries".
"During the preview, we heard from thousands of these users, and over the last few weeks we were able to incorporate a lot of their feedback into the apps we're launching today," he said.
"For example, we made it easier to connect to other popular third-party storage offerings like Google Drive and Box, as well as many usability adjustments to make it easier to navigate commands within the apps."
Koenigsbauer added the firm has worked to ensure the apps will work in mixed office environments and inked deals with several handset makers to have the Office services preloaded on smartphones.
"While I am a faithful OneDrive user, I can also access documents stored in Dropbox, Google Drive or Box with our support for third-party cloud storage providers," read the post
"We've partnered with over 30 global, regional and local OEMs such as Samsung, Sony, LG and many more, to preload these apps on Android devices. Many of these devices will be landing in retail stores later this year."
For other handset owners the Office apps are available for download on Google Play now.
The news comes just after Microsoft announced Windows 10's release date. Set to arrive on 29 July Windows 10 is Microsoft's latest bid to rekindle developer interest in its mobile platform.
Windows 10 aims to do this by bridging the gap between Microsoft's desktop and mobile operating systems, giving developers a single Universal Apps platform to work on.
The OS is currently available as a technical preview on selected Lumia devices, and all Windows PCs and laptops. Check out V3's Windows 10 technical preview hands-on to learn more about the new features.
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