Microsoft has announced a new, more convenient way to transfer images from Android devices, such as smartphones, to documents and spreadsheets created with the web versions of Word and Powerpoint found in Microsoft 365.
In a after (opens in new tab) on the Office Insiders blog, the company revealed that it will soon be possible for users of Microsoft’s online online collaboration tool to link their Android photo libraries to a Microsoft account through a one-time installation process.
For now, the feature is only available to personal users, in addition to enterprises and educational organizations, who have signed up for the Office Insiders program, which gives users early access to exciting yet experimental new features within the company’s office software suite.
Microsoft 365 and Android integration
While this may seem like an exclusive club at first glance, some business and educational users may be out of luck because of their organization’s Microsoft Office setup, but it’s not that hard to sign up as long as a user has full control over their system. .
For personal users, the Office Insider program is a simple opt-in, found on the product information page within Microsoft 365.
Once that’s done, linking your Android photo library to your Microsoft account is a simple process, as long as your Android device has the means to scan a QR code with the camera and the Link to Windows app in to install the Google Play Store.
Fortunately, these are features that will be standard on most, if not all, recent business smartphones.
The new feature promises to be robust and intuitive, supporting the same image formats, dimensions, and file types currently supported by Word and Powerpoint on the web. It also allows users to replace existing images in documents with images on mobile devices.
The feature will eventually be available to all Office users on the web who have a Microsoft 365 subscription, use an Android phone, and, if they use the Mozilla Firefox web browser, are using version 104.0 or later.