Office apps on Android updated with Box integration and more for Insiders


Microsoft has released a new update for the Office suite on Android to Office Insiders. The update introduces a couple of new features to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Firstly, the update brings improved accessiblity features to all of the Office apps — Microsoft says the company has improved “support for TalkBack, your keyboard, and other assistive technology when you’re creating, editing or presenting your docs.”

More importantly, Microsoft is adding integration for Box which will allow Box users to be able to edit Office files such as a PowerPoint presentation right from their Box account on PowerPoint. In addition to Box, Microsoft is also bringing integration for Egnyte and Weiyun.

There’s also a neat new feature for Excel which now allows users to transform geographical data on their Excel spreadsheets into rich maps. Additionally, the update also brings notifications for shared file which means you will now get notified whenever someone shares an Office document with you. And lastly, the update introduces improved hyperlinks on Excel which now lets users set a text for hyperlink rather than showing the full link.

Keep in mind that these features are only available to Office Insiders, but these features will likely roll out to the public once they are polished and ready to be used by everyone. If you are interested, you can sign-up for Office Insider here and get the latest update for Word here, Excel here, and PowerPoint here.