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Announcing Office Insider Fast for Mac Insiders

Anneliese [MSFT] started on

Hi everyone:

Today, we’re pleased to announce the release of our first Office Insider Fast build to Office 2016 for Mac Insiders. (In the upcoming months, we plan to release Insider Fast builds to other platforms, too, so if you’re not a Mac user, don’t feel left out!)

If you’ve already signed up for Office Insider Fast, install the update when prompted, or click Help > Check for Updates > Check for Updates.

If you haven’t yet joined or want to know more about Office Insider Fast, read on.

What’s the difference between Insider Slow and Insider Fast?

Great question!

  • Office Insider Slow: This is the option that we offered originally to Mac users. It’s ideal for those who want early access to fully supported Office 2016 for Mac builds, with minimal risk. Every month, we typically release one, sometimes two, Insider Slow updates.
  • Office Insider Fast: This is a new option is for those who want to use the earliest builds possible to improve quality and influence features. Office Insider Fast is best suited for those who don’t mind the risks inherent in using unsupported builds. We aim to release Insider Fast builds to Mac Insiders on a weekly basis, although we’ll hold builds that don’t meet the quality bar.

How do I sign up for Office Insider Fast?

If you haven’t yet signed up for Insider Fast, follow these steps:

  1. Open any Office 2016 for Mac app.
  2. Click Help > Check for Updates
  3. In the Microsoft AutoUpdate dialog box, select the Join the Office Insider program to get early access to new releases check box.



  4. In the Choose how you get Insider builds list, click Office Insider Fast.
  5. Read the terms of the program, and then click Accept
  6. Click Check for Updates.     

How do I leave feedback about Office Insider Fast builds?

If you have questions or feedback, you can do any of the following.

         
  • In all apps except Outlook, or Click Tell Us What You Like or Tell Us What Can Be Better in the upper-left corner of any app to send bugs or suggestions to the app team.


     
  • In Outlook, click Help > Contact Support to get in touch. The Outlook team will get back to you in an email message. This feature is available starting July 1, 2016, in Insider Fast version 15.25 (160630).



  • You can also post ideas or feature suggestions on the Office 2016 for Mac UserVoice sites, where others can vote for them:

    • Excel
    • Word
    • PowerPoint
    • OneNote
    • Outlook

  • And of course, talk to us here, In the Office Insider community. When you post, it’s helpful to add “Insider Fast” somewhere in the title so we can tell you apart from Insider Slow participants. The app teams will also be posting information in this community about any features they'd like you to try out. For example, see this post from Jeff, who works on the Outlook team. 

How do I stop receiving Office Insider Fast builds?

The answer depends on whether you want to return to Insider Slow or opt out of the Office Insider program completely.

To go back to Insider Slow:

  1. Open any Office 2016 for Mac app.
  2. Click Help > Check for Updates.
  3. In the Microsoft AutoUpdate dialog box, select the Join the Office Insider program to get early access to new releases check box.
  4. In the Choose how you get Insider builds list, click Office Insider Slow.

    You’ll stay on the current Insider Fast build until we release a new Insider Slow update.

To go back to being a non-Insider:

  1. Open any Office 2016 for Mac app.

  2. Click Help > Check for Updates.

  3. In the Microsoft AutoUpdate dialog box, clear the Join the Office Insider program to get early access to new releases check box.

    You’ll stay on the current Insider Fast build until we release a new non-Insider update.

Thanks again for your participation and interest in the Office Insider program. If you have any questions, let us know.

The Office Insider team

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