Microsoft has announced a new, more convenient way to download images from Android devices such as smartphones to documents and spreadsheets created with online versions of Word and Powerpoint available at Microsoft365.
In Post (opens in a new tab) on the Office Insiders blog, the company revealed that it will soon be available to Microsoft users online online collaboration tool connect your Android photo libraries to your Microsoft account with a one-time setup process.
For now, the feature is only available to individual users, except for enterprises and educational organizations that have opted in Office experts a program that gives users early access to exciting but experimental new features in the company’s suite of office software.
Microsoft 365 and Android integration
While this may seem like an exclusive club at first glance, as some business and education users may be unlucky with their organization’s Microsoft Office setup, signing up isn’t too difficult as long as the user has full control of their system.
For personal users, the Office Insider program is a simple opt-in option found on the Microsoft 365 product information page.
Once you’ve done that, linking your Android photo library to your Microsoft account is a straightforward process as long as your Android device has the ability to scan a QR code with the camera and install the Link to Windows app from the Google Play Store.
Fortunately, these are features that will be standard on most, if not all, recent business smartphones.
The new feature aims to be robust and intuitive, supporting the same image sizes, dimensions, and file types currently supported by Word and Powerpoint on the web. It will also allow users to replace existing images in documents with images on mobile devices.
Ultimately, the feature will be available to all Office on the web users who have a Microsoft 365 subscription, use an Android phone, and, if using the Mozilla Firefox web browser, version 104.0 or later.