Microsoft keeps plugging away at its Office suite for Android. There are several key updates in the latest version that should help round out features you might have been missing.
One major catch-up is in the ability to pin a file to your home screen. It’s been a longstanding capability within Google Docs, and it’s definitely a good one to have if there’s a particular file you need to access regularly.
To pin an app to your home screen, head to the Recent menu and touch the overflow button. There is no quick “start a new file” option from the widgets menu, unlike Google Docs, so a new document still requires opening the Word, Excel, or PowerPoint app.
When you first fire up Word after the update you’ll be greeted with a changelog of the new goodies, with a note that the ability to open Information Rights Management (IRM) documents and a splashy color palette are reserved for those with an Office 365 subscription.
You’ll see the color choices when you opt to format a file from any of the three applications. Finally, if you use Outlook you’ll be able to quickly edit a document right after opening it directly from your email. This saves you some time, as previously you’d need to save the file to your device and then send it back.
The impact on you: If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you’ll be happy to see Microsoft is still working to make its suite of apps reliable for mobile productivity. In our comparison of Office and Google Docs we found a lot to like with what Microsoft has built, particularly in how strong Word, Excel, and PowerPoint work across different platforms.