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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Microsoft Office apps for Android updated with multi-factor authentication support for tablets


Microsoft Office apps for Android updated with multi-factor authentication support for tablets

Microsoft has released updated versions of its Office apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android, which introduces multi-factor authentication support for tablets

Microsoft started providing Office 365 users with the option to secure their accounts with multi-factor authentication in early 2014. When signing in, folks have to respond to a phone call, text message, or phone notification after entering their password. The feature has since worked on PCs and smartphones, but when Office came to Android tablets, support was absent.

You can download the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Android directly through the Google Play Store or by using the following links:

Excel for Android is part of Microsoft Office and lets you edit and create spreadsheets on your Android tablet. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Download from the Google Play Store
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PowerPoint for Android is part of Microsoft Office and lets you edit and create documents on your Android tablet. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Download from the Google Play Store
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Word for Android is part of Microsoft Office and lets you edit and create documents on your Android tablet. With an Office 365 subscription, you get always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office on your PC, Mac, tablet and phone. Download from the Google Play Store

The update offers the same changelog across Word, Excel and PowerPoint with the following new features and improvements.
  • Multi-factor authentication for Office 365 accounts.
  • Support of Mobile Application Management with Microsoft Intune. This enables IT administrators to (1) restrict copying of company data from managed Office apps to personal apps, (2) enable app level encryption, (3) enforce an app level PIN, and (4) selectively wipe managed apps and related data on a device.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.
This effectively opens up all three Microsoft Office tablet apps to a subset of users who previously went without. And considering the sensitive circumstances under which many users fire up Office, this is for the best.


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