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Microsoft releases a new Office for Android Insider Preview - here's what's new

Microsoft has released a new Office for Android Insider Preview build, bringing the build number to 16.0.7531.1002. The November update contains a number of new features, and it's actually pretty significant.

For one thing, users will now be able to turn datasets into maps in Excel. This is a feature that was announced for Windows PCs back in September at Microsoft's Ignite 2016 conference. At the time, the company would not confirm that it was coming to the mobile applications as well.

The company says that 15% of datasets are geographically-based, so now Excel will recommend a map instead of a chart for data that it recognizes as such.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Accessibility built right in into your Office apps We’ve improved on support for TalkBack, your keyboard, and other assistive technology when you’re creating, editing or presenting your docs.

  • Box, Egnyte, and 腾讯微云 now work with Office Enjoy more flexibility for storage and access to your Office files with Box, Egnyte, and 腾讯微云.

  • Turn data into maps with Excel* Use the new Maps chart type to transform geographical data into professional looking maps in a few steps to visualize and identify insights, trends, and opportunities. *This feature is available with 0365 subscription.

  • Sharing Notifications for Word, PowerPoint and Excel No need to keep checking your shared documents, workbooks, and presentations. We’ll alert you with notifications when there’s activity.

  • Insert and edit Hyperlinks in Excel You can now add hyperlinks to your worksheets and use display text to make them easier to read. Give it a try!

As you can see, the maps feature requires an Office 365 subscription.

If you're not an Office Insider, you can always sign up by joining the Google+ community. One you do, utilize the various links to become a beta tester for each of the apps.

You can download or update your Office apps from the following links:

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