Microsoft Adds Shortcuts & More To Word, Excel & PowerPoint

It is clear that Microsoft has made a push of late for Android by the sheer number of Android-focused apps that have now come through from the company. Most notably, those associated with their Office suite including the likes of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However and in fairness to Microsoft, they also seem to be making a clear push when it comes to updates and the Office apps in question seem to receive extremely frequent updating, the latest of which now looks to be arriving this week.

Microsoft is now in the process of updating Word, Excel and PowerPoint and while the changes are not anything too grand, one of the included features will likely be of use to those who use the apps regularly. The feature is the ability to now add files to a device’s home screen. Essentially, creating a shortcut to specific files which will inevitable lead to an easier and quicker file launching experience. This particular feature seems to be available on all three of the mentioned apps, while another feature worth noting for Word in particular, is that the app is now able to open plain text (.txt files), although it seems to be the case that you can only open these files and not edit and/or save in the same format. While another universal feature (applies to all three apps) now rolling out is the ability to view IRM-protected documents. Beyond those features much of the rest of the changes are relatively small. For instance, PowerPoint now allows users to customize slides by adding a different background color, while Excel sees the inclusion of a wider selection of colors to make use of for fonts, shapes and formatting purposes.

As mentioned, the updates are all in the process of rolling out and the respective Google Play Store listings have all now been updated to reflect the new features and detailed changelogs. So if you do already have these apps installed, you should see the updates arriving very soon. If you have yet to download the apps then you can head through the links below to grab an updated copy or just check out the updated changelogs in more detail.

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