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You can download Microsoft's Office for Android tablet apps today

Microsoft Office for Android running on Nexus 10.
Microsoft Office for Android running on Nexus 10.
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Microsoft's Office for Android tablets suite has emerged out of beta after three months in the labs and can be downloaded to your mid-sized tablet of choice for free.

So long as you have a Microsoft account and a tablet with a display that's between 7 and 10.1-inch in size, you can download and use the free (basic) versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to your heart's content.

Owners of larger devices will have to cough up for an Office 365 subscription. You will also require it on smaller tablets if you want to take full advantage of all the productivity offering's features.

Like their iOS counterparts, Microsoft's Office for Android tablet apps allow you to create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations by swiping and prodding your tablet's display.

The apps are available to download now from the Google Play Store. Microsoft has been giving away free 1-year licenses for Office 365 Personal on entry level tablets like the Linx 7.

Office for Android Beta hit about 250,000 downloads while its iOS counterpart clocked more than 80 million to date.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.