Microsoft polishes the Office suite on Android, adds the ‘Shared with Me’ hub

Microsoft has been building the Office suite for over 16 years now – it all started at the turn of this century. The Android version though – can be argued – is still in its infancy, after all, it’s just over 3 years old. That’s not to say it’s not a good version of it – far from it, but feature are still being added and polished, considering how complicated the Office suite is, this is to be expected.

Office for Android

There is a new update for the Office suite on Android, and it brings a ton of refinements and one major feature – the ‘Shared with Me’ hub. ‘Shared with Me’ is a simple feature – it shows all of the files that are shared with you; allowing you to find and edit documents in very few steps. It is also much easier now to see who is working on a document at the moment within the Office apps as well.

PowerPoint is one of the Office apps that is getting some polish as well – the app now offers a much better experience when viewing a presentation on your Android device. You can also drag-and-drop slides to re-order them, or double tap on one to edit it. It’s these little refinements that turn a functional software into a good one.

Microsoft is also revamping how they handle the clipboard across the Office apps – now if you copy something from an Excel spreadsheet and paste it into a Word document, it will maintain proper formatting and won’t break your Word document’s flow. This works the other way around as well.

Some of these refinements were much needed – having a functioning clipboard support that does not mess up your formatting can be a necessity on a mobile device. The ‘Shared with Me’ hub is just a great way to make it easier for users to collaborate on projects as well – something that is much needed for Office after the competition Google gave it with Docs.


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