Today Microsoft has released a new update to their suite of Office for Android apps. The update applies to the tablet versions of these apps (remember, you have to use Office Mobile for your sub-7″ devices) and impacts Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There are a lot of things that have been improved but the biggest news is support for Android Lollipop 5.x, the latest flavor of Android. The updates are version 16.0.3930.1010 for those keeping score at home and that version number applies to all three apps.
The headline for sure in this update to the Office for Android apps is the support for Lollipop, the latest version of Android. With this update they will work on Android 5.x without any issues. Some reported issues with Lollipop and these apps prior to now but technically speaking, Microsoft didn’t support it just yet.
The other big news is the support fox x86-based Android devices. This is something that Microsoft and other developers have slowly been updating over the course of the last few months as more
of these devices get into the marketplace.
There are some individual updates to Word which now has a Word Count function to let you know how many words are in your document. Beyond this, all three apps have been given the customary “bug fixes and performance improvements” updates. What specifically was changed in the apps is not clearly detailed in the release notes on which bugs were fixed.
All of the Office for Android apps are free and you are able to view, edit and create documents on your tablet so long as it is 10.1″ or smaller. Over that and to unlock all of the features of these apps, you will need an Office 365 subscription which is $9.99 per month. With that you also get unlimited cloud storage with OneDrive.