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Microsoft reveals Office preview for Android smartphones

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Microsoft has been enthusiastically rolling out touch-friendly Android (and iOS) versions of Office, even before it launches on its own OS. It just outed a preview version for Android smartphones, although this time, Windows did get it first. As with the tablet version, Microsoft said the apps marry the "familiar look, feel and quality of Office" apps -- including Word, Excel and PowerPoint -- to a touch-friendly smartphone experience. You'll be able to open documents not only from Redmond's OneDrive, but also via Google Drive, Dropbox, and a few other cloud services.

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To get on board with the preview, you'll need a device with at least KitKat 4.4.x and 1GB or more of RAM, and then to jump through a few hoops. Namely, you'll need to join Microsoft Office for Android's Google+ community then sign up to become a tester for each of the three apps. You'll have to wait a few hours, then sign in with a Microsoft account to save any files. From there, you can easily create tiny little charts and documents, assuming the Android app is as good as the iPhone version. Microsoft hasn't shared exactly when it'll come out of beta, though you'll need an Office 365 subscription to make full use of it when it does.

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