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Microsoft's Office apps officially launch for (some) Android phones

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Right, well that was fairly quick. Microsoft gave us a taste of how its Office apps would look on Android phones in a preview just last month, and now they're ready for public consumption. Word, Powerpoint and Excel are available for your delectation -- for free, no less -- in the Google Play Store right now, just with one big caveat. Those pesky prior limitations are still in effect here, so don't expect to run these things on a phone without at least 1GB of RAM and anything older than Android 4.4 KitKat.

That, sadly, leaves a decent chunk of Android users out in the cold. According to Google's own developer dashboard, only a little more than half of Android's current userbase meet the software requirements for editing spiffy looking spreadsheets on the fly, and that's not even factoring in the (honestly minimal) RAM limitation at play here. Remember: KitKat was designed to run well even on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. Everyone else will have to cling to Google Docs, for better or worse. If you've mucked around with Office for Android tablets in the past, you won't find too many surprises here: all the bright colors and touch-sensitive menus are back, and you'll be able to share your creations via OneDrive, Dropbox and as plain ol' attachments. Not a bad way to appease your productivity addiction, no?

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