Microsoft Makes Word, Excel Free on Android Tablets.

Microsoft has made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software.

It also released an app for its popular Outlook email programme to run on Apple’s iPhone and iPad, hoping to attract the millions of users familiar with Outlook from their work desktops.

The new releases are the latest gambits in CEO Satya Nadella’s attempt to wrest back the initiative in the battle for mobile users, where Microsoft has fallen behind Apple and Google.

Microsoft plans to release new, touch-friendly versions of its Office apps for Windows devices later this year when it releases the Windows 10 operating system.

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