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Microsoft, At Last, Offers Office For The iPhone

Microsoft is offering its Office application suite for iPhone users, the company said Friday, finally offering a version of the popular software for a platform other than Windows.

The move is something of a gamble for Microsoft, which has struggled to gain traction in the tablet computer and smartphone markets against Apple and products running Google's Android mobile operating system. While making Office available for the iPhone will expand the potential market for the application suite, it could give consumers another reason to choose the iPhone over Windows-based smartphones.

The new Office Mobile for iPhone is available free to Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. Office 365, launched two years ago, is the cloud version of the Microsoft Office application suite.