The Office team at Microsoft has released yet another major update for the Android apps, adding the ability to open and edit files stored in three additional cloud storage services, along with a range of quality-of-life improvements for accessibility.
The update was released for Office Insiders earlier this month, but this time it’s rolling out for every Office user on Android; the trio of Office apps – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – have all been updated with new features.
The three apps now integrated with Box, Egnyte, and Weiyun – allowing you to save, open, and edit your Office documents without ever leaving the Office apps. The new accessibility improvements include improved support for Android TalkBack, more support for keyboard, and other assistive technologies present on Android.
Additionally, the apps now also notify you of any and all activity that happens with your shared documents across all storage services.
These improvements are pretty cool – but there’s more. Specifically, there’s more for Excel.
The Excel app can now open files containing ActiveX controls, or web or text queries – in other words – you can have text set for a hyperlink, rather than having the full link in a cell. It’s mind boggling that it took the Office team this long to make that addition.
In addition to all of these improvements, the Excel app can now also convert geographical data within a spreadsheet into rich maps sourced from Bing – quite a handy tool.
The update is now rolling out to all Office for Android users around the world – this update is not limited to Insiders.
As always, these apps are available via the Google Play Store; click the following links to open the page for the app you want: Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Hopefully, Microsoft can maintain this pace of updates – this is some fierce competition for Google.