Microsoft Word Update for Android Brings PDF Viewing Support

The latest update to Microsoft Word for Android is rolling out in the Play Store, bringing support for PDF file viewing within the productivity app.  Now if you have a PDF file stored on your OneDrive or Google Drive account (or locally on your phone or tablet), you can have that file opened in Word instead of another app.  For readers who are heavily into the Microsoft app ecosystem, this will be welcome news as they won’t have to switch between different apps to view the file.

It should be noted that PDF support in Word is read only.  You cannot edit them and would need another app to do that for you.

Along with the added format support, There are the normal raft of bug fixes and other performance improvements in Word.  Most of these are under-the-hood so it is likely you won’t see any visible

Microsoft Word For Android
Microsoft Word For Android

changes.  Indeed, both Word and Excel have an update out that focus primarily on these types of fixes.

If you have Microsoft Word installed on your phone or tablet, you can expect the update to get to you sometime over the course of the next few days via an OTA update.  Remember that if you have an Office 365 account, you can use the Android apps for free and they are fully unlocked.  Non-Office 365 users can use the apps for free too but there are some features that are locked down.