Office comes to Android; Microsoft promises better iOS/Android support

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6 weeks after launching Office Mobile on the iPhone, Microsoft (MSFT +0.6%) has brought the trimmed-down, touch-optimized version of its flagship productivity suite to Android.

Like their iPhone counterparts, the Android apps require an Office 365 subscription (they're free for those who have one). There's still no tablet support - Microsoft continues to promote the Office Web Apps for tablets.

Reviews for the iPhone apps (I, II, III) were muted. The apps receive praise for their minimalist design and offline/SkyDrive support, but are criticized for failing to work well with 3rd-party apps, and for missing desired formatting/editing features.

Microsoft is promising it will do a better job of supporting iOS/Android. Hardware chief Julie Larson-Green: "We can provide unique, differentiated experiences on our devices and on other people’s devices."

The Android app launch comes as ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor unveils Quip, a mobile-optimized word processor that (like Google Apps) emphasizes collaborative editing and is receiving positive early buzz.