Update: Microsoft releases Office 365 for Android smartphones to Canadians

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Microsoft has released a version of Office 365 for Android users, but is currently limiting its use to subscribers of the cloud service and to those in the US. This is set to change soon — the iOS version was initially only available in the US and expanded to Canada a week later — but for now, this is merely a signpost. A subscription runs between $10/month and $99/year and provides five installs across Windows and OS X.

The app works similarly to the iOS version, but lacks a tablet interface for those who would want it. Users can download Word documents, Powerpoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets, with the option to store them offline or access them from SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service.

Users can also see recently-accessed documents if they have an Office 365 account on the PC or the web, but all documents are reformatted to fit Android’s various screen sizes.

The app is only available to users running Android 4.0 and above, so the rollout is fairly limited at the moment. We’ll update this thread when the app becomes available in Canada.

Update: We’ve heard back from Microsoft on the Canadian release and they noted that Office Mobile for Android “will be available in Canada in August.” No other details were given, nor if it’ll be available on tablets.

Update #2: Microsoft has followed through and finally released Office Mobile for Android to Canadians. It’s now available in Google Play, but remember while the app is free you must have an Office 365 subscription to use it. Download it here.

(Thanks Dave!)