Microsoft has just released a new update for the Android version of its Office productivity suite to introduce a series of improvements in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Now at version 16.0.7030.1014, Microsoft Office for Android is quite a successful suite of apps, and just like on iOS, millions of users have already downloaded it on their devices.

And these updates are clearly making Office more appealing on mobile phones, as they improve performance and add new features that boost productivity when working with documents.


What’s new in today’s update?

The new version released today comes with improvements that were previously tested as part of the Office Insider program, and includes support for IRM-protected files, among which documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, so now you can read files protected with information rights management on your handset too.

Furthermore, this version also comes with options to export documents to the OpenDocument format, which means that you can now save a document, presentation, or spreadsheet to the ODT, ODP, or ODS formats, respectively.

There are also many more colors available to let you “pick from a rainbow of colors for fonts, shapes, and all your formatting,” as well as options to quickly add shortcuts to your home screen and easily access the files you work on.

And last but not least, Microsoft Word finally comes with support for files that were saved in plain text (TXT) format, so you won’t need a different text processor just for this simple task.

Certainly, Microsoft Office is getting better with every new update, and no matter the platform, the productivity suite is evolving with new features and support for other formats. Microsoft has clearly stated that it wants to continue improving its apps and services on non-Windows platforms, so updates for Android and iOS should continue landing in the coming weeks and months as work for new features is already underway.

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