Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the Office update cycle, part of Learning Office for Android Devices.
- [Voiceover] The current version of the Office applications both for mobile devices and desktop computers are going to be updated on a fairly regular basis. This is a normal, expected part of the Office product cycle. So you should expect to see new features added to the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on your Android device as time goes on. Because these apps will change sometimes to the point where features will look different on your device compared to what you see in this course, I want to address a few things. In the rest of this chapter, we'll focus specifically on a handful of new features that have been added to these apps since this course was originally published.
We'll update this chapter as time goes on so you can always stay fairly up-to-date on the new features that are rolled out. Now, we're not going to cover every new feature or change to these apps, but I do want to address the more significant updates and show you how they work. So check out the other movies in this chapter for that. But before we do that, in this movie I want to make sure that you know how app updates work on Android devices. So I already have Word, Excel, and PowerPoint installed on this device. Let's see if there are any updates.
To do that, I'm gonna go into the Google Play Store. I have a shortcut for that right here on my main screen. Once I'm in Google Play Store, I'm gonna tap on the menu button, which is towards the left of the search field, and I'll go into my apps and games and this shows me a list of all of the apps that have updates available as well as apps that I've updated recently. I can see that there's an update to Google Photos and Google+, that there are no current updates for the Word, Excel, or PowerPoint apps. But still you can see how this works.
All you need to do is hit the Update All button up here at the top or if you want to update one single app by itself without updating the others, you can tap on that one app and then hit the Update button here. But I'm gonna hit the back button near the top left and usually I just hit the Update All button and run all the updates at one time. Now, if you're interesting in keeping an eye on changes to the Office applications as they roll out, you might want to check out this website, blogs.office.com. This is where Microsoft publishes information about the updates and changes they make to their apps and it's a good way to stay informed.
So keep current with your app updates and you'll see some new features in the Office apps appear over time. Be on the lookout for changes that might help you be more productive.
- Recognize the option to select if you have an existing Microsoft account and want to be able to edit and save documents in Word on Android.
- Identify which Open option you would select to connect your Dropbox account using Word for Android.
- Explain the steps you would take to place data sums and data averages in cells on Excel for Android.
- Identify when the shape ribbon is available and what it allows you to do.
- Recall how to turn off auto save in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android.
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Q: This course was updated on 03/21/2016. What changed?
A: We added three tutorials covering the Office mobile apps update cycle and the new Office mobile capabilities: inserting photos directly from the camera and using auto save and save history.