Microsoft Office Apps Soup Up Collaboration Tools via Update

Microsoft Office Apps Soup Up Collaboration Tools via Update

Sep 8, 2016

Microsoft Office apps are getting updates that brings better collaboration tools across the board.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint are all getting better sharing tools. Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• Collaboration front and center: Quickly share your document, and see who’s working on it.
• Shared with me: Find and open files others have recently shared with you.

Additionally, Excel is getting improved editing intra-app:

• Improved copy and paste: Move content between Office applications. We’ll make sure it looks great.

Not to be left out, PowerPoint is getting extra stuff as well:

• Fresh new look: A better experience for reading presentations on your phone. Drag and drop to reorder slides and double-tap to edit.
• Find: Use the Find icon on the ribbon to search for any text in your presentation.

These are free on Google Play.

Microsoft Word Gets an Update

Microsoft Word Gets an Update

May 31, 2016

Microsoft Word keeps on getting tweaked, which is great for its users; the latest update is as follows:

WHAT’S NEW

• You’re the expert with Tell Me: Save time and focus on your work by finding the right command when you need it
• Merge and split cells: Merge cells to make a heading span across columns, or split cells to show the right level of detail

The app remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Microsoft Excel gets update

Microsoft Excel gets update

Apr 8, 2016

Microsoft Excel for Android is getting an update.

Per Google Play:

• Send as PDF: Quickly share your document as a PDF file for easy viewing.
• Insert Picture from Camera: Open the camera directly from Excel and take a picture. Presto! The picture is in your document.
• Convert table to a range: Easily convert a table to plain rows and columns when you need more flexibility and customization.

It remains free on Google Play.

Microsoft Office Suite Gets Updated

Microsoft Office Suite Gets Updated

Dec 3, 2015

The three apps that make up Microsoft Office Suite for Android are all getting updates which are rolling out now.

Microsoft Word is celebrating the fact that it is getting much smaller, amongst other things:

WHAT’S NEW

• Reduced app size:40-percent reduction in app size so the Word app is lighter and faster to install.
• Compliance in the enterprise: Word complies with Android for Work and supports Android M for Enterprise.
• Sign-in simplification: Selecting your sign-in details is easier than ever before.
• Cloud font support: Download your favorite font from the cloud so you can write with the fonts you like.

Excel is also boasting a slimmer waistline:

WHAT’S NEW

• Reduced app size: 40-percent reduction in app size so the Excel app is lighter and faster to install.
• Improved file compatibility: Now you can open files with Read-only recommended and Formula view.
• Compliance in the enterprise: Excel complies with Android for Work and supports Android M for Enterprise.
• Sign-in simplification: Selecting your sign-in details is easier than ever before.
• Cloud font support: Download your favorite font from cloud so you can write with the fonts you like.

PowerPoint is getting some major changes:

WHAT’S NEW

• Presenter view (Office 365 subscription required): Present like a professional! Check speaker notes on your phone/tablet, but control what the audience sees when you project to a large screen
• Compliance in the enterprise: PowerPoint complies with Android for Work and supports Android M for Enterprise
• Sign-in simplification: Selecting your sign-in details is easier than ever before
• Cloud font support: Download your favorite font from the cloud so you can write with the fonts you like

They all remain free on Google Play.

Remote Document Viewer and Editor CloudOn Makes Its Way to Android Tablets

Remote Document Viewer and Editor CloudOn Makes Its Way to Android Tablets

May 9, 2012

The cloud-based service for creating and editing Microsoft Office documents and viewing Adobe Reader files, CloudOn, is now on Android tablets after an iPad-exclusive run. This app lets users work in a real Microsoft Office environment on their tablets by connecting to the free CloudOn service. So Word documents can be edited in an actual version of Microsoft Word, spreadsheets in real Excel, and presentations in true PowerPoint, with the software running on CloudOn‘s remote servers. As well, CloudOn boasts one of the most robust PDF viewing experiences on mobile, with its cloud-based technology able to view even PDF files with embedded 3D modelling, unlike most if not all mobile PDF readers.

CloudOn can also boast that they have aleays been properly licensed, unlike competing solution OnLive Desktop, which had its recent issues with licensing. All files are saved to and are loaded from cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Box, making it easy to access finished or in-progress work seamlessly from any computer. Appropriately enough, Google Drive is supported in the Android launch of CloudOn.

As far as usability goes, it’s virtually identical to the iPad version, and the same user account will work between versions. Unlike OnLive Desktop, this is meant to be more of a native device experience than using a remote Windows computer. So, the app tries to hide the Windows experience underneath as much as it can. Scrolling works as a user would expect it to on a touchscreen, and text selection feels native as well. Right-clicking is available by tapping and holding on the screen. While the Android software keyboard does work with CloudOn, unlike the ineffective remote keyboard in OnLive Desktop, built-in autocorrect does not work, so users should take care when typing. Asus Transformer keyboard dock users should be at an advantage, as well as hardware keyboard users. Interested users can download CloudOn now for free for Google Play, though it is currently only for tablets.