Announcing September feature update for Office 2016 for Office 365


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On October 4, 2016, we released the September feature update for Office 2016. To get the update immediately, open any Office 2016 app and choose File > Account > Update Options > Update Now

Starting with this release, Office 365 subscribers will see Office 2016 version and build information displayed in a new format, which looks like so: Version YYMM (Build ####.####). So, for the September update, you'll see Version 1609 (Build 7369.2024) in the Office Updates section. Non-subscribers will continue to see version and build information displayed as 16.0.7369.2024.

What's new in this release?

We're pleased to announce the following new features:

  • Tap in Word and Outlook: If you use Office 365 in an organization, you can use the new Tap feature to quickly find and repurpose content. To try out Tap, open a document or email message and click Insert > Document Item.

    Tap will show you documents, presentations, and spreadsheets frequently used by you or made available by your coworkers. With one click, you can add desired elements from within those files, including editable slides, images, tables, and charts.

    For more information, see Get started with Tap. (Tap is available today for Office 365 Business Premium, Enterprise E3 and E5 subscribers in First Release for Current Channel.)

  • Designer improvements: In PowerPoint, use Designer to suggest designs for bulleted lists that describe a workflow or ordered process. To see how this works, type a bulleted procedure into a slide. If Designer detects words that indicate you’re describing a process, it opens a small callout window on the right side of the screen. Click the callout to open the Design Ideas pane, where you can pick a suggested graphical depiction of your process. (You can also open this pane by clicking Design > Design Ideas.) Learn how to use Designer to generate design ideas for process-oriented text. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription.)

  • Ink replay: To understand what’s behind the ink you see on a PowerPoint slide, click DrawInk Replay to rewind and replay the ink strokes. You can use this feature to follow a sequence of handwritten notes and drawings, review step-by-step instructions, or see the order in which somebody else marked up the slide. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription

  • Better recordings: In PowerPoint, add a Recording tab to the ribbon, create a presentation made up of recorded slides, screen recordings, and inserted video, and then share that recorded content to be viewed remotely on You can also embed quizzes to assist with remote learning and make your presentation more interactive, as well as change the ink color right from the palette in the recording pane. To learn more, see Record your slide show in PowerPoint. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription)

  • Get someone's attention: Add the @ symbol followed by a person's name to the body of an email or calendar item, and Outlook will automatically add their email address to the To line and highlight their name in the body of the message. If someone flags you in this way, the @ symbol will show up in Outlook, and you can filter to quickly find all emails where you are mentioned. For more information, see Use @mentions to get someone's attention. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription.)

  • Accessibility built right in: In Outlook, we’ve improved keyboard and assistive technology experiences for reading email, scheduling meetings, and adding a signature.

  • New data transformations and connectivity enhancements: In Excel, add parameters to your queries, or create new queries from Merge or Append operations, and use the Web connector to preview web pages. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription)

  • Macro recordings for charts: Support for Treemap, Histogram, Pareto, Waterfall, and Box & Whisker charts. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription)

  • We’re listening: In any Office 2016 app, click File > Feedback to tell us what you like or don’t like, or to suggest new features. (Feature requires an Office 365 subscription and is currently available only to users enrolled in First Release for Current Channel.)

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