Announcing September Insider Slow update for Office 2016 for Windows

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We recently released a series of new Office Insider Slow builds. Here's a list of the latest release dates and version numbers, so you can keep current:

  • On 10/12/16, we released Version 1609 (Build 7369.2038), which contains security fixes.
  • On 10/03/16, we released Version 1609 (Build 7369.2024), which contains fixes.
  • On 09/30/16, we released Version 1609 (Build 7369.2022), which contains fixes.
  • On 09/21/16, we released Version 1609 (Build 7369.2017), the monthly feature update.

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On September 21, 2016, we released the September feature update for Office 2016 to our Office Insider Slow audience. To get the update immediately, open any Office 2016 app and choose File > Account > Update Options > Update Now.  After you update, you should see either 16.0.7369.2017 or Version 1609 (Build 7369.2017).

What's new in this release?

New features this month:

  • 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. (This feature requires an Office 365 Business Premium, Enterprise E3, or Enterprise E5 subscription and is currently available to those enrolled in First Release for Current Channel, which gives end users in an organization access to Office Insider Slow builds.)

  • Designer now helps turn your bullets into compelling visuals: 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, you can 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)

  • 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. You can also use the Web connector to preview web pages. (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)

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