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In an exciting bit of news today, The Verge reported that Microsoft plans to release the long rumored Microsoft Office mobile, with tools such as Word and Excel, sometime in early 2013. Unfortunately, it looks as though not all features of the apps will be free.

Office Mobile will debut in the form of free apps that allow Android and iOS users to view Microsoft Office documents on the move. Like the existing SkyDrive and OneNote apps, Office Mobile will require a Microsoft account. On first launch, a Microsoft account will provide access to the basic viewing functionality in the apps. Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents will all be supported, and edit functionality can be enabled with an Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft plans to release the mobile suite for iOS first, followed by the Android edition, so stay tuned after the new year for more information on these exciting new apps!