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Microsoft Office Comes To Android, But Not Tablets

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  A reporter uses a cell phone to take a photograph of Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS being used on a Motorola Xoon tablet during a press event at Google headquarters on February 2, 2011 in Mountain View, California.  Google unveiled its Android Honeycomb operating system, the first Android operating system designed specifically for tablets.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is bringing a pared-down version of its Office software to Android phones, but it won’t work on Android tablets just as it doesn’t on iPads.

The software requires a $100-a-year subscription to Office and won’t be sold separately.

Microsoft Corp. is trying to make its subscription more compelling, without removing an advantage that tablet computers running Microsoft’s Windows system now have — the ability to run popular Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

With a subscription, customers typically get to use Office on up to 10 devices, including five iPhones or Android phones. A subscription can be more expensive than buying the package outright for just one or two computers.

Like an iPhone version released in June, the Android software is designed for lightweight use.

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