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Microsoft brings Office 365 to Apple's iPhone

Microsoft has launched an Office app for iOS devices, exclusively directed at Office 365 users.

Office Mobile for iOS, which is optimised for use on the iPhone 5, is free to download but requires a subscription to the cloud-based Office 365 product to run.

This means that consumers will be able to open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files on the move, from practically anywhere.

The iOS offering is very similar to the Office app currently on Windows Phone 8, meaning that the full range of capabilities available in the desktop version of Office will not be accessible.

Instead, users will have the ability to make quick edits to Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Users will also be able to create Word and Excel files through the mobile app, but not PowerPoint documents.

Office files recently viewed on a user's computer will automatically appear in the Recent Documents panel on the mobile app, and users will be able to continue editing documents from where they left off on a computer.

"Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes," reads the App Store description. "When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and content remain intact."

Office Mobile requires iOS 6.1 or later, meaning that it will work on a number of Apple handsets, including the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini.

The app is currently only available in the US version of the App Store but will roll out to international markets in the coming days.

Microsoft last month celebrated bringing 100 million users to Office 365, and the company will hope to see even more growth with the release of this mobile app.