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MS Office is coming to Droid and iOS

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Microsoft has announced Microsoft® Office for Android® and IOS devices. The release, targeted for the 1st quarter of 2013, will finally allow you to read and work with your Office files on your Droid device. While the licensing has yet to be announced, it appears that if you have an Office 365 account, you should have the full feature set. The basic app will be free, but may be limited in functionality.

Depending upon the technology news sources you read, the product may or may not be worth the wait, Office 365 subscription or not. However, if you’re still looking for a viable solution to read Office files on your non-Windows devices, check out Documents to Go (from Dataviz and my personal favorite), Quickoffice (publisher by the same name) and Office Suite (Mobile Systems). You can find these on Google Plan and Apple iTunes.

This is not unlike the other apps in the Android marketplace, such as Documents to Go, Quickoffice, Documents Free and Office Suite. These range in price from free to $20 US, depending upon whether you want to edit or just view, and whether you have an Android or an IOS device. I’ve not had much success with the freebies, but the dollar investment in the non-Microsoft solutions is pretty accessible for most people.


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