Optimized for smartphones and tablets, they are universal apps that can run on both Windows and Windows for phones, and share similar underlying code.
A simplified version of Outlook was also added to the suite.
In March 2014, Microsoft released Office Lens, a scanner app that enhances photos. Office Lens is an app in the Windows Phone store, as well as built into the camera functionality in the One Note apps for i OS and Windows 8.
On 27 March 2014, Microsoft launched Office for i Pad, the first dedicated version of Office for tablet computers.
In February 2012, Microsoft released One Note, Lync 2010, Document Connection and Power Point Broadcast for Symbian.
On 21 October 2010, Microsoft debuted Office Mobile 2010 with the release of Windows Phone 7.
They support editing only the newer Office file formats (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx), and can only view but not edit the legacy file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt).
In October 2012, Microsoft released a new version of Microsoft Office Mobile for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8.
This was followed up by the release of Office Mobile for i Phone on 14 June 2013, and Office Mobile for Android phones on 31 July 2013.
They are meant to be compatible with desktop versions of the office suite.
The suite of apps is free of charge for consumers with devices smaller than 10.1 in (26 cm), but business customers need to purchase an Office 365 subscription to take full advantage of the suite on larger screens.