Microsoft introduced Office for Android last year, and until recently, the offering had remained in beta for many users. Since the public release of Office apps for Android, the productivity software has gathered a handful of updates, but none as significant as the most recent update to the suite.
There are a handful of smaller updates that include file compatibility in regards to read-only recommendations, changes to formula views as well as tweaks to the sign-in process for apps.
Perhaps, the most compelling adjustment brought on by the update is the reduced app size for the productivity suite. According to Microsoft, the apps have seen reductions of almost 50 percent from their previous install amounts. The Android versions of Office apps are now smaller in size, making each faster to download and easier to store on devices with limited storage. Moving forward, the reduced app size also means Office can now be easily updated and use fewer resources for bandwidth conscious downloaders.
Beyond, the app install reduction, Android Office users should also notice added functionality in the ability to find, download and use additional fonts from the cloud. Cloud font upload support can be found in Excel, PowerPoint, and of course Word. Another addition to the suite of apps is support for Android for Work. Office on Android now meets the compliance standards for Android for work as well as supporting Android M for Enterprise. The support for Android M for Enterprise continues Microsoft unofficial motto of being where the customers are, even if they are on competing platforms.
Android users should be able to find the updated apps in the Google Play store if they haven’t already been notified.Android, Apps, Office, Office 2016, Office Mobile