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Microsoft has released preview versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones.  These apps will eventually replace the existing Office Mobile offering.

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These apps will be familiar to anyone who has used Office for iPhone apps or Office for Android tablets.  The previews should have 1GB of RAM and run Android KitKat (v4.4.n) or later.

They have the compact ribbon and touch based navigation.  Full Office document compatibility and very good rendering of a document, given the tiny screen size.

According to Microsoft, the new apps can open, edit and save documents from OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.  In fact the locations are strangely split.  Under ‘Open | Add a Place’ there are both OneDrive’s, Dropbox and Sharepoint.

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‘Open | Other cloud storage’ has Google Drive accounts and presumably others depending on what other storage services you have installed.

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The three apps are in preview, which means you have to ask for access.  That is not hard, go to Office for Android community and click the ‘Join the Community button (make sure you’re logged into the same Google account as on your phone).  Then go to the download links provided on the community page, they’ll take you to pages which confirm that you’re in the preview community (this might take a few hours to process).  When confirmed, there’ll be a link to the app page on Google Play.  Do that for each of the three Office apps.

The preview does seem to have some geographic limitations

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